Thomas H. Crawford

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Thomas Howell Crawford (March 1, 1803 – June 17, 1871) was the thirteenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky from April 2, 1859 to April 4, 1861. He was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia. His mother was the first woman to undergo an ovariectomy, in 1809 in Danville, Kentucky to remove a tumor[citation needed].

Crawford was elected to the Board of Aldermen in 1857 as a Know Nothing and served as president of the board in 1858, and elected mayor in 1859. He was a strong supporter of the North during the Civil War. He ran for mayor unsuccessfully in 1863 on the Unionist ticket.

After his term expired he worked as a real estate agent and was also president of the Central Savings Bank of Pewee Valley until his death. He was one of the first Kentuckians to install gas lights in his home, and died there as a result of an explosion on May 27, 1871. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.


  • "Death of Hon. Thomas H. Crawford". The Courier-Journal. June 18, 1871.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas W. Riley
Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
Succeeded by
John M. Delph