6th Oklahoma City Mayor Nelson Button is the proud sponsor of "Money, brains and brawn" being the formula for Oklahoma City to be successful (that from the "way back" archives of 1894.) Nelson was actually the 3rd Mayor once Oklahoma City was incorporated and given a charter to be a city. An Indiana native, it is not clear what his exact profession was. Post Oklahoma Land Run in 1889 and pre-statehood was his term of service.
In early days, Oklahoma was reportedly swarmed by people from all over the world, hoping to swing a real estate deal following the Oklahoma Land Run. The Oklahoma weather was often at odds with the settlers during that time too. http://www.okgenweb.org/books/okc/012.htm Building efforts in early days ran into the problems of very high winds. Once those died down apparently " precessions of progress formed". (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/precession and http://www.thefreedictionary.com/precedence) So the wild west went from untamed prairie to 1000 buildings built in the first 100 days fairly instantly generating a young Oklahoma City.
The first Mayor (Captain Couch) was deemed such after those informally in charge placed the prospective Mayoral candidates on a wooden box. This so they might be more clearly viewed by the gathered crowd on the prairie. Votes were cast based upon who appeared most capable and in order to achieve the goal, they put the prospective candidates on a box. (POVvPOF point of view versus point of fact) (Per the historian, this was because most of the men did not know one another, but they knew they needed to pick a Mayor) http://genealogytrails.com/oka/oklahoma/leaders.html#gibbs Couch had some impulse dyscontrol problems and eventually this with combining tempers with another took this on again off again Mayor out.
This link elegantly shows information about the people who have held the office of Oklahoma City Mayor since Land Run days. http://www.okc.gov/council/okcmayors/index.html This link is from the Oklahoma City webpage.
Oklahoma City has had a total of 38 Mayors since 1889. Here's some more of that breakdown.
From available documents there has only been one female Mayor, and she served multiple terms. Some had Tribal affiliations.... though most were viewed as white.
Mayors have hailed from: Arkansas (2) ; Illinois (1 ); Indiana (2) ; Kentucky (1); New York (1); North Carolina (1); Mississippi (2); Missouri (3); Oklahoma (9); Pennsylvania (1); Texas (4) and Wisconsin (2).
Of available information, it can be said that career paths for the prior Mayors of Oklahoma City have been: Architect/civil engineer (2); Attorney (7) ; Farmer/livestock/landman (1) ; Journalist (1) ; Mathematician/economist (1) ; Oilman/attorney (1) ; Ordained minister (1) ; Physician (1). The following could be considered business proprietors: Merchantile( 3); Jeweler (1); Flour mill (1); Lumber(2); Undertaker (1); Family Business (1) Telephone system administrator (1).
Much of the documentation of Mayoral roles has been to develop various types of infrastructure where there had been none.... so set up water, sewer, police, fire, schools, roads. And some early ongoing battles with the demons of gambling, bars and prostitution.
What short and longterm works would a 2014 Oklahoma City Mayor need to be able to develop or oversee?
What kinds of training and education would successfully promote those goals for Oklahoma City?
The Oklahoma City Mayoral Campaigns for 2014 have just begun. Where have we been? Where are we headed?