Peter Delanoy

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Peter Delanoy
18th Mayor of New York City
In office
Preceded byStephanus Van Cortlandt
Succeeded byJohn Lawrence

Peter Delanoy, who served from 1689 to 1691, was the first and only directly elected Mayor of New York City[1] until 1834. Appointed mayors resumed in the wake of Leisler's Rebellion. He was succeeded by former Mayor John Lawrence.

The Revolution of 1688-89[edit]

In 1688, King James II of England and VII of Scotland was overthrown, and this precipitated a revolution in the colonies known as Leisler's Rebellion. Delanoy, one of Leisler's friends and ally, was elected Mayor of New York.

On September 29, 1689, by order of the committee of safety, the people had come together in their wards, and for the first time they had elected their aldermen and councilmen, and also for the very first time, they had elected their mayor, and Delanoy was their choice. Also elected were Johannes Johnson as sheriff, and Abraham Gouverneur as clerk.

On October 14, Delanoy was proclaimed mayor by Governor Jacob Leisler, and on the same day he took the oath of office, together with the Common Council, in the city hall at Coenties Slip.


  1. ^ Burrows, Edwin G. & Wallace, Mike (1999), Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-195-11634-8 pp.99-100

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