Robert Emmet King

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Robert Emmet King
Born 1848
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died November 11, 1921 (aged 72–73)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Occupation Undertaker
Title Mayor of Louisville
Term January 14, 1896 – January 31, 1896
Predecessor Henry S. Tyler
Successor George Davidson Todd
Political party Republican

Robert Emmet King (1848 – November 11, 1921) was mayor of Louisville, Kentucky for 17 days in 1896. He was an undertaker, and elected to the Board of Aldermen in 1894. He served as president of that body from 1895 to 1897, except during his brief term as mayor. He was appointed the mayor pro tem after Henry S. Tyler died in office. King was thus the first Republican Mayor of the city.

He retired to Indiana farm after his public career ended. He was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Further reading[edit]

  • "First Republican Mayor is Buried". Louisville Times. 1921-11-12.


  • "King, Robert Emmet". Encyclopedia of Louisville. 2001.