Harrison, William Benjamin, 1889-1948.

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William Benjamin Harrison was born in Louisville in1889. He was educated at Louisville Male High School and the University of Virginia, graduating with a law degree in 1910. He served as a captain in the army during World War I and returned to Louisville work for Kentucky Refrigerating Company and Foundry Products Co. In 1927 he was elected to a two year term as Mayor of Louisville after the Kentucky Court of Appeals threw out the election of Republican Arthur A. Wills. He was elected to a full term in 1929 and served as Mayor until 1933. During his administration, he arranged funding for the municipal bridge across the Ohio River, the Clark Memorial Bridge. Harrison was the Republican candidate for governor of Kentucky in 1931. He was defeated by the Democratic candidate, Ruby Laffoon. After his term as mayor ended, he became the President of the Louisville Industrial Foundation. He served as President for 14 years before retiring. He died of lung cancer in 1948 and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery.

From the description of William Benjamin Harrison scrapbook, 1931. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 301995787

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associatedWith Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956. person
associatedWith Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991. person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Ky.) corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Ben. person
associatedWith Laffoon, Ruby, 1869-1941. person
associatedWith Louisville Male High School. corporateBody
associatedWith Morrow, Edwin Porch, 1877-1935. person
associatedWith Republican Party (Ky.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sampson, Flemon Davis, 1875-1967. person
associatedWith Socialist Labor Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Worsham, John C., 1879-1939. person
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Birth 1889

Death 1948

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