Trenton New Jersey's Mayors' Wall - City Hall Atrium, 319 East State Street
The City of Trenton has had 48 Mayors and a Chief Burgess (Burr guess), in its history. Dr. Thomas Cadwalader was approved by England’s King George II and held the post from 1746-1750. Upon the New Jersey State Legislature granting Trenton a charter, Moore Furman became Trenton’s first Mayor, and held the post from 1792-1794.
Some 100 years ago, Mayor Frederick Donnelly (whose father Richard Donnelly was also a Trenton Mayor) was in office from 1911-1932. He took issue with the fact that there was no collection of portraits of the 34 Mayors who had preceded him. He would be successful in gathering most of those images and making them available to the public.
There are a few portraits missing from the Mayors’ Wall in the Trenton City Atrium. The Daily State Gazette did a story on November 17, 1914 that revealed Mayor Donnelly’s unsuccessful efforts to track down those same missing portraits. The Mayor’s Office welcomes assistance from members of the public to help track down these missing portraits.
Here is some history about our Mayors…
1. 1 United States Senator (Mayor Briggs)
2. 5 Judges (Mayors Burroughs, Ewing, Duch, Gnichtel, & Vroom)
3. 3 Mercer County Freeholders (Mayors Shaw, Mack, Palmer)
4. 1 State Treasurer (Mayor Briggs)
5. 5 Physicians (Chief Burgess Cadwalader, Mayors Woolverton, Madden, Rice, & Shaw)
6. 1/3 of our first 35 Mayors were lawyers.
7. 2 Mercer County Prosecutors (Mayors Hamilton, & Duch)
8. 2 New Jersey Supreme Court Justices (Mayors Reed & Katzenbach Jr.)
9. 1 New Jersey Attorney General (Mayor Woodruff)
10. 2 New Jersey Quartermaster Generals (Mayors Richard Donnelly & Hamilton)
11. 1 Mercer County Sheriff (Mayor Madden)
12. 2 Mercer Country Surrogates (Mayors Madden & Sherman)
The City of Trenton has a very rich history. All are encouraged to invest time in getting to know that history.