THE CITY GOVERNMENT FIRST MAYOR AND BOARD OF COUNCILMEN
Cynthiana may justly claim the reverence and respect due age, but as remarked elsewhere, compared to Damascus she is yet in her swaddling clothes. She is an old but ever young city. Evidences of her age remain in a few buildings that stood as monuments of the skill and substantial ideas of our fore-fathers, affections that cling about the few citizens who are left to connect us with the distant past. ...
The first city council was composed of these members: W.W. Cleary, Benson Roberts, Wm. Turtoy, M.L. Broadwell, Lawson Oxley, I.N. Miller, T.A. Frazier and John W. Peck. Thomas Ware was the first city clerk. John W. Peck, tresurer, and Wm. Smith, marshal and collector, the offices being combined. A.H. Ward, afterwards congressman and pronounced by one of the judgesof the Court of Appeals, the best criminal lawyer in Kentucky, was the first city attorney. By-laws were passed and the new order of things put into operation.
Cynthiana Democrat, June 1896, Page 1, Part 3