James G. Hanes

Term Served

1921 to 1925

Accomplishments in Office

Hanes was already a two-term Alderman when he was elected Mayor. He was mayor during one of the city’s periods of rapid growth.

The city built five high schools and several fire stations. Construction began on a new city hall. The City Market was built at 6th and Cherry, major additions were made to City Hospital and a Department of Health was created. Successful bond referendums allowed for the paving of numerous streets and the extension of water and sewer lines during his tenure. An annexation program made Winston-Salem for a time the largest city in the state.

In his two terms, the city spent $150,000 for parks and playgrounds.

James G. Hanes

Chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners

Hanes went on to spend two decades as chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. He retired in 1954 as chairman of the board of Hanes Hosiery Mills Company.


The community center bearing his name was built in 1957.