Hurbrough First Mayor
Palestine's first mayor was Levi Hurbrough.
Hurbrough was appointed by Governor E. J. Davis on May 22, 1871 after a charter for the city was approved by the Secretary of State on April 26,1871.
At an election held in November 1872, G. Y. Gooch was elected mayor and he served one year.
S. N. Pickens was the next in line and he was in office form 1874 to 1883.
Succeeding mayors have been W.Y. Lacy (1883-84), J.F. Watts (1884-66), G. R. Howard (1886-67), W. M. Lacy (1887-89), John J. Word (1889-1893), George A. Wright (1893-95), F. Hufsmith (1895-1901), A. L. Bowers (1901-15), George A. Wright (1915-19), A. L. Bowers (1919-23), H. V. Havilton (1923- 27), J.C. Duncan (1927-31), also S. E. Reed (1931-35), J. H. Handorf (1935-39), R.H. McLeod (1939-47), Ralph H. Irvine (1947-53), R. H. Pickel Jr. (1953-59), Johnnie Herrington (1959-63), P. B. Glenn (1963-67), Jimmie Alldredge (1917-69), B. C. Lively (1969-71), Jack W. Rogers (1971-75) and Harry L Brown (1975-).