John H. Buschemeyer

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John Henry Buschemeyer
Born (1869-02-24)February 24, 1869
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died October 7, 1935(1935-10-07) (aged 66)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Residence River Park Drive
Occupation Physician
Title Mayor of Louisville
Term 1913–1917
Predecessor William O. Head
Successor George Weissinger Smith
Political party Democratic Party

John Henry Buschemeyer was mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1913 to 1917.


Buschemeyer had German ancestry.[1] He graduated from Louisville Male High School then earned a M.D. degree from the University of Louisville in 1892. He began practicing medicine in Louisville the following year.

He was president of the Board of Aldermen from 1909 to 1913 as a Democrat, and elected mayor in 1913 with support of John Henry Whallen's Democratic machine. Buschemeyer's administration quickly became bogged down in the racial issues of the time, signing a 1914 ordinances to bar blacks from living in white neighborhoods, and vice versa. The law was challenged by the Louisville chapter of the NAACP. The case, Buchanan v. Warley, went to the Supreme Court, which ruled the ordinance unconstitutional.

He was voted out of office in 1917, and was the last of the machine-era Democrat mayors of Louisville. He died in 1935 and was buried in St. Louis Cemetery in Louisville.


  1. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "German ancestry Politicians in Kentucky". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 26 August 2015.