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Thomas W. Riley (1804? – December 27, 1872) was the twelfth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1858 to 1859. Riley was a prominent lawyer and member of the Whig Party, elected to the Kentucky General Assembly, serving as Speaker of the House from 1849 to 1850.
Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th most-populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being Lexington, the state's second-largest city. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, located in the state's north and on the border with Indiana.
The Whig Party was a political party active in the middle of the 19th century in the United States. Four presidents belonged to the party while in office. It emerged in the 1830s as the leading opponent of Jacksonian democracy, pulling together former members of the National Republican and the Anti-Masonic Party. It had links to the upscale traditions of the long-defunct Federalist Party. Along with the rival Democratic Party, it was central to the Second Party System from the early 1840s to the mid-1860s. It originally formed in opposition to the policies of President Andrew Jackson and his Democratic Party. In particular, the Whigs supported the supremacy of Congress over the presidency and favored a program of modernization, banking and economic protectionism to stimulate manufacturing. It appealed to entrepreneurs, planters, reformers and the emerging urban middle class, but had little appeal to farmers or unskilled workers. It included many active Protestants and voiced a moralistic opposition to the Jacksonian Indian removal. Party founders chose the "Whig" name to echo the American Whigs of the 18th century who fought for independence. The political philosophy of the American Whig Party was not related to the British Whig party. Historian Frank Towers has specified a deep ideological divide:
The Kentucky General Assembly, also called the Kentucky Legislature, is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Kentucky. It comprises the Kentucky Senate and the Kentucky House of Representatives.
His law firm moved to Louisville in 1852. He was elected to the city council in 1855 and 1857. His firm dissolved when he was elected Circuit Court judge in 1857. On May 14, [1857 Riley was elected by the council to fill the position of mayor after William S. Pilcher fell too ill to continue on. Pilcher died on August 14 of that year and Riley served until April 2, 1859.
William Stanton Pilcher was the eleventh mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, serving from 1857 to 1858.
After his term expired, he returned to practicing law from 1865 to 1870. He died in Bullitt County, Kentucky in 1872.
Bullitt County is a county in the U.S. state of Kentucky located in the far western Bluegrass region known as the Knobs. As of the 2010 census, the population was 74,319. The county seat is Shepherdsville. The county was founded in 1796.
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James Speed was an American lawyer, politician and professor. In 1864, he was appointed by Abraham Lincoln to be the United States Attorney General. He previously served in the Kentucky Legislature, and in local political office.
George Mortimer Bibb was an American politician and the seventeenth United States Secretary of the Treasury.
Jerry Edwin Abramson is an American Democratic politician who was the 55th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. On November 6, 2014, Governor Steve Beshear announced that Abramson would step down from his position as Lieutenant Governor to accept the job of Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama White House. He was replaced by former State Auditor Crit Luallen.
Frank Welsh Burke was an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky from 1959 to 1963 and as Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1969 to 1973.
The government of Louisville, Kentucky, headquartered at Louisville City Hall in Downtown Louisville, is organized under Chapter 67C of the Kentucky Revised Statutes as a First-Class city in the state of Kentucky. Created after the merger of the governments of Louisville, Kentucky and Jefferson County, Kentucky, the city/county government is organized under a mayor-council system. The Mayor is elected to four-year terms and is responsible for the administration of city government. The Louisville Metro Council is a unicameral body consisting of 26 members, each elected from a geographic district, normally for four-year terms. The Mayor is limited to a three consecutive term limit, while members of the Louisville Metro Council are not term limited.
Wilson Watkins Wyatt served as Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1941 to 1945 and as the 43rd Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky from 1959 to 1963. He was a member of the Democratic Party.
John Barbee was the tenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1855 to 1857. He was born in Pewee Valley, Kentucky, and, after his parents died, moved to Louisville at age 14. In 1841, he was elected by the city council as a collector of revenues, and after a brief foray back into the private sector, he was elected to the city council in 1849 and 1851. In 1855, as a member of the anti-Catholic, anti-foreigner Know Nothing party, he was elected Mayor over James S. Speed, who did not run for re-election, believing the election was invalid, but his appeal was denied eventually by the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Thomas Howell Crawford was the thirteenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from April 2, 1859 to April 4, 1861. He was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia. His mother was the first woman to undergo an ovariectomy, in 1809 in Danville, Kentucky to remove a tumor.
Philip Tomppert was the fifteenth and seventeenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky in 1865 and 1867 to 1868. He was born in Württemberg, Germany and immigrated to Wheeling, West Virginia in 1831, and moved to Louisville in 1837.
James Smith Lithgow was an American politician, and the sixteenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from January 2, 1866 to February 14, 1867. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and apprenticed as a coppersmith there.
John George Baxter Jr. was the nineteenth (1870–1872) and twenty-first mayor of Louisville, Kentucky.
Boyd Winchester was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was born in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. He pursued preparatory studies and then attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated from the law department of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1857 and commenced practice in Louisville, Kentucky.
Neville Miller was mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1933 to 1937. His father, Shackelford Miller, was Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He was valedictorian of his 1912 class at Louisville Male High School, and earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1916 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1920.
William O. Head was mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1909 to 1913.
Huston Quin was mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1921 to 1925. He was educated in public schools in Louisville and received a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1900. He practiced law with the Louisville firm Helm & Bruce until 1908, when he became a city attorney. He left the position in 1912 to reenter private practice, but was appointed to the city attorney position in 1917. In 1918 he was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
William L. Lyons was mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1890 to 1891. He was educated at Highland Military Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts and first worked as a clerk for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. In 1881 he became a senior member of his father's investment firm, which eventually became Hilliard Lyons. He also worked for some time as a member of the New York Stock Exchange.
Gregory E. Fischer is an American businessman and entrepreneur who is the 50th Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Louisville's Trinity High School and Vanderbilt University.
David Warren Tandy is a retired American Democratic Party politician in Louisville, Kentucky, he served as a member of the Louisville Metro Council, representing District 4. Originally appointed by the Metro Council to fill the vacancy left by the death of former councilman Willie Bright, Tandy served from April 14, 2005, until he decided to not run for reelection in 2016. Tandy served as interim President of the Louisville Metro Council from 2015 to 2016, temporarily filling the vacancy left by the death of then Council President Jim King. He was succeeded as President by David Yates.