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William Stanton Pilcher (January 5, 1803 – August 14, 1858) was the eleventh mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, serving from 1857 to 1858.

William S. Pilcher
Mayor of Louisville
Personal details
Born(1803-01-05)January 5, 1803
Stafford County, Virginia
DiedAugust 14, 1858(1858-08-14) (aged 55)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Pilcher was born in Stafford County, Virginia to a wealthy manufacturing family. He came to Louisville in 1833 to study law.

Pilcher unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor in 1844 as a Jacksonian Democrat, but was elected mayor of Louisville on the Know Nothing party on April 4, 1857 in a landslide. However, by May 13, 1858 he was too ill to continue his duties, and he died later that year, becoming the first mayor of Louisville to die in office.


  • Yater, George H. (1987). Two Hundred Years at the Fall of the Ohio: A History of Louisville and Jefferson County (2nd ed.). Louisville, Kentucky: Filson Club, Incorporated. ISBN 0-9601072-3-1.
  • "William S. Pilcher". The Encyclopedia of Louisville (1 ed.). 2001.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Barbee
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
Succeeded by
Thomas W. Riley