Prior to the year 1889 the term of the office Mayor was for one year, at which time it was extended to two years. During the war the official records of the City were buried for safe keeping, but were suffered to lie so long in the earth that, when resurrected, they were found to be wholly decayed, and were lost; coequently there is no means of gaining infomration of the period before the war. Following is a list of Mayors since the war:
Peter Jones was in many respects a remarkable man. For six terms he was chosen to be the Chief Executive of his City, at the d of which time he was elected Chief of the Fire Department, and died in office. He was a most energetic and useful citizen. P. McQQuaid, ho also died in harness, was for five years Mayor, and one of the best the City ever had. His death was felt as a severe loss to the community In 1892 John C. Cooper was chosen Mayor by the Council, upon the death of Mayor McQuaid, but declined to serve, whereupon Dr H. Robinson consented to serve, and was duly elected
The election of Hon. D. U. Fletcher to the Mayoralty, in 1893, was the logical outcome of that gentleman's able and laborious efforst in the lower house of the State Legislature, just prior to that event. It was he who fathered the measure repealing House Bill No. 4, and gave us our present excellent City Charter, retoring the elective franchise to the people. Mr. Fletcher has ever been a faithful worker for his City and State, and his elevation to the chief executive office of the City was a a just recognition of his merit and ability, and came practically without opposition.
Brown, S. Paul
The book of Jacksonville: a history
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: A.V. Haight, printer and bookbinder, 1895, p. 48