Every Mayor of Philadelphia, Ranked by How Funny-Sounding Their Names Are

Our current mayor, Michael Nutter, has quite the silly name. But does he have the funniest-sounding name of any mayor in the city’s history?


Clockwise from bottom left: James H. Tate, Joseph Hampton Moore, Frank Rizzo, Michael Nutter, John F. Street, Rudolph Blankenburg, and Morton McMichael. Photos of Nutter and Street | Jeff Fusco. All others public domain

Working from this master list from Wikipedia, I have compiled a ranking of every mayor in Philadelphia’s history, from Humphrey Morrey (appointed by William Penn in 1691) to Michael Nutter (defeated Al Taubenberger in 2007).

The mayors are ranked by how funny I think their names sound. Enjoy!

1. Michael Nutter

2. Atwood Shute

3. Isaac Roach

4. Frank Rizzo

5. Richardson Dilworth

6. Joseph Willcox

7. Jonathan Dickinson

8. William Atwood

9. Benjamin Wood Richards

10. John Inskeep

11. Rudolph Blankenburg

12. Morton McMichael

13. Clement Plumsted

14. William Strumberg Stokley

15. W. Wilson Goode

16. Samuel Shoemaker

17. Benjamin Shoemaker

18. Charles Willing

19. John F. Street

20. Harry Arista Mackey

21. W. Freeland Kendrick

22. Richard Vaux

23. Daniel Fox

24. Edward Shippen (the second)

25. Edward Shippen (the first)

26. William Fishbourn

27. J. Hampton Moore

28. James Nelson Barker

29. John Barker

30. Humphrey Morrey

31. John Geyer

32. Nathan Stanbury

33. Peter McCall

34. Isaac Norris

35. Isaac Jones

36. James Hugh Joseph Tate

37. Thomas Masters

38. Michael Keppele

39. Edwin Sydney Stuart

40. Charles Franklin Warwick

41. Samuel Howell Ashbridge

42. Robert Eneas Lamberton

43. Edwin Henry Fitler

44. George Mifflin Dallas

45. Samuel George King

46. William Burns Smith

47. Samuel Davis Wilson

48. Bernard Samuel

49. Thomas Griffitts

50. John Barclay

51. Edward G. Rendell

52. Hilary Baker

53. Griffith Jones

54. John E. Reyburn

55. Samuel Preston

56. Charles Read

57. John Swift

58. Matthew Lawler

59. Matthew Clarkson

60. Samuel Powel

61. Samuel Miles

62. Samuel Hasell

63. Robert Thomas Conrad

64. Charles Gilpin

65. Richard Hill

66. Anthony Morris

67. Edward Roberts

68. George Connell

69. William Till

70. William Milnor

71. William Fisher

72. William Carter

73. William Hudson

74. Robert Wharton

75. Joseph Wharton

76. Joel Jones

77. Thomas Lawrence (the first)

78. Thomas Lawrence (the second)

79. John Weaver

80. John Lawrence

81. John Gibson

82. Alexander Henry

83. James Hamilton

84. James Logan

85. Thomas B. Smith

86. William J. Green III

87. Joseph S. Clark Jr.

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