Frederick A. Kaye

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Frederick Augustus Kaye
Born (1796-04-21)April 21, 1796
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died April 29, 1866(1866-04-29) (aged 70)
Breckinridge County, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Title Mayor of Louisville
Term 1837–1840, 1844–1846
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Rachel C. McLaughlin

Frederick A. Kaye (April 21, 1796 – April 29, 1866) was the fourth and sixth mayor of Louisville, Kentucky. His term of office extended from 1837 to 1840 and 1844 to 1846. He was the son of parents from Pennsylvania, who came to Louisville, where Frederick was born, in the late 18th century. They purchased a half acre of land in 1789 and later in that year built what is believed to have been the first brick home in Louisville, on Market street between Fifth and Sixth.

Kaye served on the city council from 1830 to 1832 and took office on March 15, 1837. He was elected by the city council, and was the last mayor to be chosen this way, which was proving to be very controversial and difficult (it took 13 ballots before Kaye was chosen in 1837). In 1838, the state legislature amended the city charter to allow for direct election, and also extended terms from one year to three, but prevented incuments for running for re-election. Kaye served two non-consecutive terms. He served also president of the Board of Aldermen from 1855 to 1856.

He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.


  • Yater, George. Two Hundred Years at the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville, 1987)
  • Johnston, Josiah Stoddard (1896). Memorial History of Louisville. 
Political offices
Preceded by
W. A. Cocke
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
Succeeded by
David L. Beatty
Preceded by
David L. Beatty
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
Succeeded by
William R. Vance