P. Booker Reed

Paul Booker Reed was Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from 1885 to 1887.

Paul Booker Reed
Born(1842-10-07)October 7, 1842
DiedNovember 9, 1913(1913-11-09) (aged 71)
TitleMayor of Louisville
PredecessorCharles Donald Jacob
SuccessorCharles Donald Jacob
Political partyDemocratic Party


His father, William Decatur Reed was a lawyer and Kentucky Secretary of State under Governor William Owsley. P. Booker Reed studies at Centre College were interrupted by the Civil War, during which he served the Confederate Army for four years as a private in the Orphan Brigade and the Kentucky Ninth Infantry. After the war he attended medical school in Europe. He started a successful manufacturing business in Louisville in the 1870s.

In 1880 he was appointed to Louisville's Chancery Court, and in 1884, with the support of emerging political boss John Whallen, he was elected mayor over John W. McGee. During his three-year term he balanced the city's budget, cutting unnecessary city positions and lowering salaries, including his own.

After his term of mayor he served as president of the Board of Aldermen as a Republican from 1899 to 1900. He dropped out of the 1901 race for mayor.

He then moved west to Seattle then to Canada. He was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

See also


  • "Reed, Paul Booker". The Encyclopedia of Louisville. 2001.
  • Yater, George H. (1987). Two Hundred Years at the Fall of the Ohio: A History of Louisville and Jefferson County (2nd ed.). Louisville, KY: Filson Club, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-9601072-3-0.

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