Past Mayors

Thomas S. Franklin (1907-1909)

Public Service:
Prior to his election to Mayor, Thomas Franklin served as an alderman for Charlotte's Fourth Ward.

Franklin was a secretary of a cotton-press company.


During his Administration:

            Photo of Thomas Franklin
  • In 1907, the Selwyn Hotel opened at Trade and Church streets. The fashionable hotel operated for 60 years.
  • A grant was secured from Andrew Carnegie for the public library.
  • The Independence Building became Charlotte's first steel-frame skyscraper in 1909. Its 12 floors made it the tallest building in the state. (The Independence Building was demolished in 1987. It sat on the northwest corner of Trade and Tryon streets and was replaced by the Independence Tower.)
  • Union National Bank (forerunner to First Union National) was founded. In 1958 it merged with four other banks and become First Union National Bank. The bank merged with Wachovia Corporation and took its name in 2005, later merged with Wells Fargo.
  • Charlotte's city limits were extended giving Charlotte a population of 34,000.