William B. Stansbury

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William Brown Stansbury (March 18, 1923 – April 4, 1985) was an American lawyer and politician who held the office of the Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1977 to 1982.

He served as an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II [1] in the 457th Bomb Group.[2] Before serving as mayor, Stansbury had previously served 2 terms as a member of the Louisville Board of Aldermen. Stansbury became unpopular during a firefighters' strike in 1978 and was the object of an impeachment attempt in 1979. Stansbury and his mother, Aileen Stansbury, were killed on April 4, 1985 while crossing the 1900 block of Bardstown Rd. in Louisville on their way to church. Stansbury's wife was also injured. Stansbury was interred at Calvary Cemetery on Newburg Road in Louisville.

William B. Stansbury Park at the intersection of S. 3rd St. and Eastern Parkway is named in his honor. [3]


  • "Stansbury, William Brown". The Encyclopedia of Louisville (1 ed.). 2001. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Harvey I. Sloane
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
December 1, 1977–January 1, 1982
Succeeded by
Harvey I. Sloane