The Early Mayors of Joplin

The city of Joplin came into existence in 1873.  Since that time period, there have been a number of mayors.  Below is our attempt to slowly build up a convenient list of Joplin’s early leaders.  Eventually, each mayor will also have their own post which will offer more detailed information about these early leaders and the roles they played in the city’s development.


Elliot R.  Moffett



Lee Taylor


J.H. McCoy (finished Taylor’s Term)


Patrick Murphy




F.J. Thompson


1877 – 1878

Frank E. Williams




F.M. Roberts


1880 – 1881

W.E. Maynard

1882 – 1883

Galen Spencer



W.B. Halyard


1885 – 1886

A.B. McCarty




J.L. Briggs




C. Livingston


1889 – 1892


R.B. Tyler

R.B. Tyler


1893 – 1894

W.B. Halyard


1895 – 1896

E.D. Porter


1897 – 1898

T.W. Cunningham

1899 – 1900

J.H. Spencer

J.H. Spencer


1901 – 1902

J.C. Trigg


1903 – 1904

T.W. Cunningham


1905 – 1906


C.W.  Lyon


1907 – 1908

Jesse F. Osborne


1909 – 1910

Guy Humes

Guy T. Humes


1911 – 1914 (to April 20)

Jesse F. Osborne


If you have photographs of the above listed men or documents connected to them, we’d love to share them here on Historic Joplin.

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2 Responses to “The Early Mayors of Joplin”

  • Comment from Leslie

    Cool! Jesse Osborne built our house in Roanoke. This year is its 100th birthday. This is the first photo I’ve ever seen of him. Good job, Historic Joplin!

  • Comment from Richard Nell

    Would like to see pictures or news papers about Russell Lamb he was my
    Grandfather , He was a sheriff in Joplin in the late 30s and 40s . He died
    a heart attack he was only 43 years old at that time . thank you

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