Williamsburg, Kentucky
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Past Mayors



Past Mayors


Williamsburg became a town about the same time as the county was formed in 1818.  The land was donated for the courthouse by Samuel Cox.  At the same time, he offered lots for sale for the formation of the town.  The lots were laid out by Col. Gillis, a surveyor.

Williamsburg was first known as “Cox’s Crossing.”  At this time a ferry was being used to cross the Cumberland River and was owned and operated by Samuel Cox.  The site for the town was probably selected because of the three fresh water springs nearby which furnished an abundance of good drinking water for the entire Williamsburg settlements.

The town was once called Whitley Courthouse and its first postmaster was James H. Early.  He was chosen on July 16, 1829.  It was called this by the Post office Department until about 1870-71.

On December 8, 1886, the first promise of city government took place. 

“The free male inhabitants of said town above the age of twenty-one years” were allowed to vote in Williamsburg’s first election.  A board of trustees( a forerunner of today’s city council) was elected and W. H. Parker was elected to serve as the first “Chairman” of Williamsburg.

 W. H. Parker
1886-1888
 S. V. D. Stout
1988-1889
Mayor James Madison BlakelyJames Madison Blakely
1889-1892 
 C. H. Keeton
1892-1894
 Mayor William Frank Watkins
William Frank Watkins
1894-1896


Mayor James Madison BlakelyJames Madison Blakely
(Two Terms)
1896-1902
Mayor Lee Thomas
Lee Thomas
(Two Terms)
1902-1906
 Mayor John W. Siler
John W. Siler
1906-1908


 J. B. White
(Three Terms)
1908-1914
 Mayor C. G. Ellison
C. G. Ellison
1914-1918
 












J. B. White
1918-1921












 Mayor L. P. Lay
L. P. Lay
1921-1922
 







P. Weesner
1922-1927













Zeb Ward
1927-1930





 Mayor C. G. Ellison
C. G. Ellison
1930-1934
Mayor E. E. Nelson
E. E. Nelson
(Two Terms)
1934-1942
Mayor Herman White Herman R. White
(Three Terms)
1942-1954
Mayor Virgil Bailey
Virgil Bailey
1954-1958

Mayor Johnny Reynolds Johnny Reynolds
1958-1962

 Mayor Greer Burnett
Greer Burnett
(Two Terms)
1962-1970

 
 Mayor Foster Lane
Foster Lane

(Two Terms)
1970-1978

 Mayor Paul Estes
 Paul Estes
(Two Terms)

1978-1986
 Mayor Barbara Neubert
Barbara Neubert
(Interim)
1986-1986
 Mayor Donnie Witt
Donnie Witt
1986-1990


Mayor Marcella Mountjoy
Marcella Mountjoy
1990-1994


Bill Nighbert
1994-2004 
 

Roddy Harrison
2005- Present




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