Past Mayors

Stanford R. Brookshire (1961-1969)

Public Service:
Prior to becoming Mayor of Charlotte, Stan Brookshire led the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.  He served four terms as Mayor of Charlotte.

A Troutman native and Duke University graduate, Brookshire came to Charlotte as a newspaper reporter.  When elected Mayor, Brookshire was a dealer in industrial belts.

During his Administration:

            Photo of Stan Brookshire
  • Lake Norman was developed by Duke Power Company along the Catawba River. It became North Carolina's largest man-made lake at the time.
  • The Brooklyn Area of Charlotte underwent urban renewal. (Today the Brooklyn area is roughly the Government Plaza area.)
  • On May 31, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King brought his message to Charlotte.
  • President John F. Kennedy assassinated on November 22, 1963.
  • A modern freeway express system was planned for Charlotte. A part of that system is named for Stan Brookshire.
  • Charlotte developed a beautification plan.
  • A one-cent local sales tax was instituted.
  • Charlotte was designated as an All American City.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated on April 4, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Desegregation of schools, housing and public accommodations was accomplished peacefully.