W. A. Cocke

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W. A. Cocke
Born 1796
Unknown location
Died May 9, 1844
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Title Mayor of Louisville
Term 1836-1837
Predecessor John Joyes
Successor Frederick A. Kaye

William A. Cocke (1796 – May 9, 1844) was the third mayor of Louisville, Kentucky. His term of office was from 1836 to 1837, as mayors were then elected to one-year terms. Little is known of his early life. He was elected to the City Council in 1834, and from 1838 to 1843. Previously mayors had been selected by the governor, Cocke was the first to be elected by the City Council. This was problematic, and took three weeks before a conclusive vote was reached.

He ran in another convoluted election in 1841 this time voted on by citizens. He won it initially, but his opponent, James Harrison, successfully called for a new vote, and both were defeated by David L. Beatty.


  • Kleber, John E., ed. (2001). "Cocke, W.A.". The Encyclopedia of Louisville (1 ed.).