Oakland was founded in 1852 and incorporated as a City on March 25, 1854. Until the early 20th century, mayors served terms of only 1–2 years. The following chronology lists all Oakland mayors, with the starting date of their terms.

  1. Horace W. Carpentier (April 4, 1854)
  2. Charles Campbell (March 5, 1855)
  3. Samuel H. Robinson (March 3, 1856)
  4. Andrew F. Williams (March 3, 1857)
  5. Francis K. Shattuck (March 7, 1859)
  6. J.P.M. Davis (March 7, 1860)
  7. George M. Blake (March 5, 1862)
  8. William H. Bovee (March, 1863)
  9. Edward Gibbons (March 14, 1864)
  10. B.F. Ferris (March 6, 1865)
  11. John W. Dwinelle (March 5, 1866)
  12. William Watrus Crane, Jr. (March 7, 1867)
  13. Samuel Merritt (November, 1867)
  14. John B. Felton (March 1, 1869)
  15. Nathan W. Spaulding (March 6, 1871)
  16. Rev. Henry Durant (March 4, 1873)
  17. “Mack” Webber (February, 1875)
  18. Enoch H. Pardee (March 13, 1876)
  19. Washburne R. Andrus (March 25, 1878)
  20. James E. Blethen (March 8, 1880).
  21. Charles K. Robinson (March 13, 1882)
  22. J. West Martin (March 12, 1883)
  23. Ashmun C. Henry (March 10, 1884)
  24. Ely W. Playter (March 9, 1885)
  25. William R. Davis (March 1, 1887)
  26. Charles D. Pierce (March 12, 1888)
  27. John R. Glascock (March 11, 1889)
  28. Melvin C. Chapman (March 9, 1891)
  29. George C. Pardee (March 13, 1893)
  30. John L. Davie (March 11, 1895)
  31. W.R. Thomas (March 9, 1897)
  32. Roland W. Snow (March 13, 1899)
  33. Anson Barstow (March 11, 1901)
  34. Warren Olney (March 9, 1903)
  35. Frank K. Mott (March, 1905)
  36. John L. Davie (July 1, 1915)
  37. Fred N. Morcom (July 1, 1931)
  38. William J. McCracken (July 1, 1933)
  39. John F. Slavich (July 1, 1941)
  40. Herbert L. Beach (July 1, 1945)
  41. Joseph E. Smith (July 1, 1947)
  42. Clifford E. Rishell (July 1, 1949)
  43. John C. Houlihan (July 1, 1961)
  44. John H. Reading (May 1, 1966)
  45. Lionel J. Wilson (July 1, 1977)
  46. Elihu M. Harris (July 1, 1991)
  47. Jerry Brown (January 4, 1999)
  48. Ronald V. Dellums (January 8, 2007)
  49. Jean Quan (January 3, 2011)
  50. Libby Schaaf (January 5, 2015)

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