In 1887, a group of men added a name Susanna M Salter to the mayoral ballot of Argonia, Kansas, as a joke intended to humiliate women. Instead, she won over 60% of the votes and became America’s first female mayor.
Philadelphia’s mayors were initially unpaid, and often strongly objected to being selected – sometimes opting to pay a large fine rather than serve.
The youngest mayor in the United States is four years old. In Dorset, Minnesota, the mayor is chosen by pulling a name of a citizen randomly from a hat. In 2013, four year old Robert Tufts’s name was chosen, and his term lasts for a year.
An 11 year old boy was elected mayor of Crabb, Texas on the platform that he would work to incorporate the town even though it meant he would lose his seat. He was quoted as saying that “the mayor isn’t there to sit and worry about keeping his job. He’s there to do what’s best for the people.”
There is a town in Alaska that has had a cat as mayor for 15 years.
Houston, Texas elected an openly gay mayor… twice.