William Kaye

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William Kaye
Personal details
Born (1813-02-13)February 13, 1813
Yorkshire, England
Died November 19, 1890(1890-11-19) (aged 77)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States

William Kaye (February 13, 1813 – November 19, 1890) was the fourteenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from April 4, 1863 to April 1, 1865. He was born in Yorkshire, England to a clothing manufacturer, trained as a machinist, and came to Louisville in 1836. In 1841 he founded Kaye & Co., which was well known for its brass and bell works, including the bell in the Cathedral of the Assumption.

In 1862 he was elected as a Democrat to the City Council, and on April 4, 1863 he was elected mayor over former mayor Thomas H. Crawford, who ran on the Unionist platform. Kaye was not an open supporter of the Confederacy, but he was backed by some secessionists.

After his term as mayor, he served again on the City Council, and also as Chief of Police for a year. He died of heart failure and is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John M. Delph
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
April 4, 1863–April 1, 1865
Succeeded by
Philip Tomppert