Mayors of Rumson, New Jersey

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Number of Mayors of Rumson, New Jersey by party affiliation[A]
Party Mayors
Democratic 1
Republican 8
undetermined 8

Rumson, New Jersey was incorporated on June 18, 1907. It is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.[1] The Borough form of government used by Rumson, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.[2][3]

Frank McMahon was the first mayor of Rumson, New Jersey. The current Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey is John E. Ekdahl.


  Democratic (1)   Republican (8)   undetermined (8)

#   Mayor Took office Left office Party Notes
1 Frank McMahon June 18, 1907 1909 undetermined Frank McMahon was the first mayor of Rumson, New Jersey.
2 John Minton Corlies 1910 1921 Democratic He also served as the Director of the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders.
3 William H. Mahoney 1922 1923 undetermined
4 William Warren Barbour 1924 1929 Republican William Warren Barbour (July 31, 1888 – November 22, 1943) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey in the United States Senate from 1931 to 1937 and again from 1938 until his death in office in 1943. He was also a business leader and amateur heavyweight boxing champion in both the United States (1910) and Canada (1911).
5 Van R. Halsey 1930 1935 undetermined
6 Neilson Edwards 1936 1937 undetermined
7 James Coats Auchincloss 1938 1942 Republican James Coats Auchincloss (January 19, 1885 – October 2, 1976) was an American businessman and Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1943–1965.[4]
8 Louis M. Hague 1943 1947 undetermined
9 J. Edward Wilson 1948 1949 undetermined
10 Peter Hood Ballantine Cumming 1950 1951 undetermined Peter Hood Ballantine Cumming (August 1, 1910 – November 16, 1988) was Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey from 1950 to 1951. He was president of the Textile Banking Company, a vice president and director of the Iselin-Jefferson Financial Company, and a general partner in H. A. Caesar & Company, a factoring business in Manhattan. He was executive vice president and manager of marketing at J. P. Maguire.[5] He was born on August 1, 1910. He was the great-grandson of Peter Ballantine. He attended Princeton University.[6][5] In 1959 he became the director of new business and public relations at H.A. Caesar & Company.[7] In 1966 he left H.A. Caesar & Company to join the Textile Banking Company.[8] He died of cancer on November 16, 1988 in Little Silver, New Jersey.[5]
11 Francis J. Nary 1952 1957 undetermined
12 Peter Cartmell 1958 1961 Republican
13 Charles S. Callman 1962 1967 Republican This was his first term.
14 John O. Teeter 1968 1980 Republican
15 Charles Francis Paterno 1980 October 1, 1989 Republican Charles Francis Paterno (June 8, 1919 – February 11, 2011) was an American Republican Party politician from New Jersey, who served on the Borough Council and as Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey.[5] Paterno was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He attended St. Francis Preparatory School, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1940 and obtained his medical degree from the Long Island College of Medicine (later became Downstate College of Medicine part of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital). He was appointed Chief Surgical Resident at Metropolitan Hospital and Flower Fifth Avenue Hospitals in New York. He received his Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1951.[5] He then moved to Rumson, New Jersey. Then he was married to Kathleen "Kay" McDonald, RN who survives him, for 59 years and raised nine children and had twenty- nine grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.[5] He practiced medicine in Monmouth County, New Jersey, for 34 years. First as a general surgeon on the staff of Monmouth Medical Center and then as president of the medical board and director of surgery at Riverview Hospital. He served as a captain in the United States Army during the Korean War and helped establish a MASH-type unit in California for wounded soldiers. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Rumson Country Club and Sea Bright Beach Club. He moved to Vero Beach, Florida in 1989. He was a member of the Indian Trails Architectural Board and a supporter of Indian River Memorial Medical Center, where he served on the Executive Committee and was elected first male president of the auxiliary. There is a sign at a Rumson, New Jersey park in his honor today.[5] Paterno died on February 11, 2011 at his home in Vero Beach, Florida.[9]
16 Charles S. Callman October 12, 1989 December 31, 2003 Republican This was his second term.
17 John E. Ekdahl January 1, 2004 incumbent Republican John E. Ekdahl is the current Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey. He has been serving for 14 years, 242 days.


A. ^ Table only includes Borough mayors. 17 people have served as mayor, one twice; the table includes this non-consecutive term as well.


  1. ^ 2012 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, March 2013, p. 58.
  2. ^ Cerra, Michael F. "Forms of Government: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask", New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Accessed November 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "Forms of Municipal Government in New Jersey", p. 6. Rutgers University Center for Government Studies. Accessed June 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Ennis, Thomas W. (3 October 1976). "James C. Auchincloss Dies at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Peter H. B. Cumming, 78, Retired Executive". New York Times. November 18, 1988. Retrieved 2008-06-29. Peter Hood Ballantine Cumming, a retired executive and former mayor of Rumson, N.J., died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Little Silver, N.J. He was 78 years old. 
  6. ^ Randall Gabrielan. Rumson: Shaping a Superlative Suburb. 
  7. ^ "Broiler Industry". National Poultry Digest. 1959. 
  8. ^ "Princeton Club of New York". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 
  9. ^ "Charles Francis Paterno, M.D." Asbury Park Press. February 14, 2011. 

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