John G. Baxter

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John George Baxter, Jr.
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
In office
1879–1881
Preceded by Charles Donald Jacob
Succeeded by Paul Booker Reed
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
In office
1870–1872
Preceded by Joseph Henry Bunce
Succeeded by Charles Donald Jacob
Personal details
Born (1826-12-12)December 12, 1826
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died March 30, 1885(1885-03-30) (aged 58)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States

John George Baxter Jr. (December 12, 1826 – March 30, 1885) was the nineteenth and twenty-first mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1870 to 1872 and from 1879 to 1881, respectively.

Biography[edit]

He was born on December 12, 1826 to Scottish immigrants in Lexington, Kentucky and came to Louisville in 1847, and eventually established a successful stove company.

He served on the Board of Aldermen during the 1860s, and was elected president from 1865 to 1867. He was elected to mayor twice as a Democrat. His first administration saw the construction of the new city hall, as well as a new city hospital and almshouse. He did not run again in 1872 after his first term because the new city charter greatly restricted incumbents from running. He ran in 1875 and lost by a small margin to Charles Donald Jacob, but was again successful in 1879.

He died on March 30, 1885 in Louisville, Kentucky. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, the main entrance of which is located on Baxter Avenue, which was renamed in his honor.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph H. Bunce
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
1870–1872
Succeeded by
Charles Donald Jacob
Preceded by
Charles Donald Jacob
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
1879–1881
Succeeded by
P. Booker Reed