Kenneth Schmied

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Kenneth Albert Schmied

In office
December 1965 – December 1969
Preceded by William O. Cowger
Succeeded by Frank Welsh Burke

Born July 11, 1911
Died April 5, 1973 (aged 61)
Resting place Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ethel Harlamert Schmied

Kenneth Albert Schmied (July 11, 1911 – April 5, 1973) was the last Republican to have served as the mayor of the now heavily Democratic city of Louisville, Kentucky. He filled the position for a single term from 1965 to 1969, having succeeded Moderate Republican, William O. Cowger, the mayor from 1961 to 1965. Schmied and later United States Senator Marlow Cook, who won reelection as Jefferson County judge, formed what they called the "All American Team."

Since Schmied left office, only Democrats have won election as Louisville mayor and as Metro Mayor, a position created in 2003. Schmied and Cowger were the only Republicans to serve as mayor from 1933 to the present.

In 1969, the Democrat Frank Welsh Burke (1920-2007) succeeded Schmied.[1]

Schmied died in 1990 and is interred at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, along with his wife, the former Ethel Harlamert (1914-2000).[2]


  1. Mayors of Louisville. Retrieved on September 18, 2021.
  2. Kenneth Allen Schmied (1911-1973) - Find A Grave Memorial, "Allen" should be "Albert," accessed September 18, 2021.