Joseph H. Bunce

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Joseph H. Bunce was the eighteenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1869 to 1870. He was a steamboat captain until the mid-1860s, when he founded a wholesale grocery firm. Typical of Louisville steamboat captains, he lived with his family in the Portland district.

A Democrat, he ran against future mayor John G. Baxter and police chief Robert Gilchriest in 1869. Despite not being endorsed by the democratic party or The Courier-Journal, Bunce won by 300 votes over Baxter.

He was elected to a two-year term, but the city charter was changed in 1870 to allow for a three-year term and Bunce chose to run again for a new term, and was defeated this time by Baxter.


Political offices
Preceded by
Philip Tomppert
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
1869–March 1870
Succeeded by
John G. Baxter