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Catalog Number PALM 01059
Collection Public Works
Artist Unknown
Artist Role Artist
Title John Carpenter Bucklin
Description Mayor 1828-1834. John Carpenter Bucklin was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1773 and died in Louisville on March 5, 1844. His family was involved in the shipping and trading business in Rhode Island, and he was the youngest of seven children. Bucklin moved to Louisville between 1819-1820 and became secretary of Louisville Insurance Co in 1823. Bucklin became Louisville's first mayor in 1828, after state legislature approved the new city charter. At this time the mayor served one-year terms, and was not selected by popular election but by the City Council. Bucklin served 6 one-year terms and was in office from 1828-1834. During his first term, he had no judicial power or vote on city council, but had power of justice of the peace over slaves and free blacks. During his second year, he help charter the first Public School which was in a Baptist Church on Fifth and Green Streets and held 250 students. In 1830 the first public school building was built on Fifth and Walnut (now Muhammed Ali) Streets. Bucklin also dealt with a devastating flood in 1832. He help build three miles of wagon road between Louisville and Portland and helped drain the city's numerous disease infested ponds. (Encyclopedia of Louisville p 139-140)
Medium Oil Paint/Canvas
Technique Painting