FARNSLEY, Charles Rowland Peaslee (1907-1990)

FARNSLEY, CHARLES ROWLAND PEASLEE, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., March 28, 1907; attended Male High School, Louisville; University of Louisville, A.B., 1930, and LL.B., 1942; was admitted to the bar in 1930 and began practice in Louisville; served in the State house of representatives, 1936-1940; mayor of Louisville, 1948-1953; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1967); was not a candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress; served as publisher and president of Lost Cause Press; was a resident of Glenview, Ky., until his death in Louisville on June 19, 1990; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky.

The Filson Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: In the Tom Wallace Papers, 1925-1960, 23 cubic feet.
Other authors include Charles P. Farnsley.


University of Louisville
University Archives and Records Center
Louisville, KY
Papers: 1945-1980, 6.75 linear feet.
The collection includes six scrapbooks documenting Charles Farnsley’s mayoral years from 1948 to 1953. There are also two personal scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and family memorabilia, created from 1947 to 1976. The latter also contain material relating to Farnsley’s service in Congress and as a delegate to the 1964 Kentucky Constitutional Revision Convention. In 1988 Farnsley donated nearly five linear feet of his papers to add to the collection. These materials include personal and business correspondence, publications, articles relating to Farnsley’s businesses, and considerable material concerning the Louisville Philharmonic Society and its successor, the Louisville Orchestra. The papers include some information about Farnsley’s political career, primarily his tenure as mayor, and some material concerning his term in Congress. Documents relating to his wife Nancy’s work with the Kentucky Heritage Commission are also present. Includes a copy of the 1932 Louisville Social Register with Burrell H. Farnsley’s political notations. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Videotape: 2003, 1 videotape.
A program titled: In the Name of Progress, produced for WAVE-TV by Alfred Shands Productions. During the 1950s and ’60s, Louisville lost much of its unique architectural heritage when old buildings and entire neighborhoods were torn down for highrises, expressways, and "urban renewal." The reaction that emerged in the ’70s was led by such critics as former mayor Charles Farnsley. Originally produced in the 1970s


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Stellanova Osborn Papers, 1916-1992, 40 linear feet.
Other authors include Charles P. Farnsley. A finding aid is available in the repository.