Dr. W.W. Mayo and Community Service
Community service was a significant characteristic modeled to the Mayo brothers by their father. Dr. W.W. Mayo served Rochester in a number of capacities. In 1865, the senior Mayo became a member of the city board of health. For several decades, he was intermittently active as chairman, secretary or member of the board. He was a founder of the Rochester Public Library in 1866. He served as a member of the Rochester Board of Education from 1867 to 1870 and 1883 to 1889. In 1869, he was elected county coroner.
He was also instrumental in organizing the Rochester Board of Trade in 1881. He served as mayor of Rochester, 1882 to 1883, and alderman from his ward, 1885 to 1889. He was originally a member of the Republican Party, but joined the Democrats in 1870 to support the anti-monopoly and free-trade platform. The Farmers Alliance-Democratic ticket elected him state senator in 1890.