Mayors of Ames: E. H. Graves

Lifespan:              1864-1930

Term as Mayor:    1918-1920

Profession:            Real Estate and Insurance Businessman

Interesting Facts:

  • Was born on the Iowa State College Farm near Ames
  • Served as the city assessor for the four years prior to being elected mayor
  • Created a city business administration by hiring a purchasing agent for the city hall and one for the light and water plant, and proposed a systematic inspection of all sidewalks and streets in the city during his first year as mayor
  • Lifted a month-long ban on dances in February 1920 that had been designed to prevent the spread of influenza