Laurence Brunton

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Laurence Brunton (R)

Council President (Mayor)
Charlottesville City Council
Term Start 1978
Term End 1980
Preceded by Nancy K. O'Brien (D)
Succeeded by Frank Buck (D)

Electoral District At-large
Term Start 1976
Term End 1980
Preceded by Mitchell Van Yahres (D)
Succeeded by Elizabeth Gleason (D)

Biographical Information

Date of birth July 1, 1910
Date of death January 16, 2000
Place of birth Jackson, Mississippi
Place of death Charlottesville, Virginia
Spouse Laura
Residence North Downtown
Profession Brunton and Hicks Plumbing (retired)
Religion Presbyterian
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Republican Laurence Brunton served as Mayor of Charlottesville from 1978 to 1980. He was the last Republican to hold the position.


Laurence Alex Brunton was born in Jackson, Mississippi on July 1, 1910. When he was 16, Brunton moved to Charlottesville and later serve during World War II. He served as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop and attended First Presbyterian Church. Brunton was elected to Council in the 1976 election, winning the most votes among 11 candidates on the ballot.

Brunton is credited with the oral history project, Porch Swings and Patios, in which the city collected remembrances from 37 citizens of Charlottesville between 1914 and 1984.

Brunton died on January 16, 2000 at the age of 89 as a resident of Westminster Canterbury[1]. He was laid to rest at Monticello Memory Gardens.

In October 1983, Brunton spoke in favor of issuance of $9.5 million in bonds for the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority to pay a private developer for what would become the Omni Hotel. [2]


  1. 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, October 24, 1983.