Mayors of Ames: Marcellus K. Smith

Lifespan:              1859-1915

Term as Mayor:    1896-1897

Profession:            Store clerk; real estate professional; superintendent and president of the Ames and College Railway

Interesting Facts:

  • Worked to foster friendly relations between Ames and Nevada
  • Served on the Ames City Council
  • Oversaw the inauguration of Ames’ municipal electric light system
  • The Dinkey accident involving young William Allen occurred during his term, as did the civil trial
  • Left office after only one year to return to his business interests
  • Later served as Story County Clerk