Thomas Barber

Term Served

1925 to 1929

Accomplishments in Office

During Thomas Barber's first term, the former site of City Hall, where the Reynolds Building now stands, was sold to R.J.R. Tobacco Company, and the present City Hall was completed in 1926. Mayor Barber presided over the first meeting held there on November 19. His administration also brought:

  • A 2.5 million dollar bond issue for schools
  • Expansion of the water plant
  • Increased fire protection
  • The opening of Miller Municipal Airport, the forerunner of Smith Reynolds Airport
  • The planning of more recreation facilities

West Fourth Street from Marshall to Glade streets and Courthouse Square were widened, and a new City Yard was built on Stadium Drive. He was manager of the insurance department of Wachovia Bank and Trust.


Barber was the nephew of Winston mayor Eugene Gray.

Thomas Barber