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Mayors and Postmasters of Nashville, Tennessee


Mayors of Nashville, 1806-2007 (may be incomplete!)
Joseph Coleman 1806-09 Benjamin J. Bradford 1809-11 William Tait 1811-13 Joseph Thorpe Elliston 1813-17 Stephen Cantrell, Jr. 1817-18 Felix Robertson 1818-19 Thomas Crutcher 1819-20 James Condon 1820-21 John P. Erwin 1821-22 Robert B. Currey 1822-24 Randal McGavock 1824-25 Wilkins F. Tannehill 1825-26 Felix Robertson 1826-28 William Armstrong 1828-32 John Meredith Bass 1833-34 John P. Erwin 1834-35 William Nichol 1835-36 Henry Hollingsworth 1836-38 Charles Clay Trabue 1838-40 Samuel Van Dyke Stout 1840-42 Thomas B. Coleman 1842-43 Powhaten Woolridge Maxey 1843-44 John Hugh Smith 1844-46 John A. Goodlett 1846-47 Alexander Allison 1847-48 John M. Lea 1848-50 John Hugh Smith 1850-52 Williamson Hartley Horn 1852-54 William B. Shapard 1854 Robert Bell Castleman 1854-55 Andrew Anderson 1855-57 John Alexander McEwen 1857-58 Randal William McGavock 1858-59 Samuel Newton Hollingsworth 1859-60 Richard Boone Cheatham 1860-62 John Hugh Smith 1862-64 William Matt Brown 1864-67 Augustus E. Alden 1867-69 John Meredith Bass 1869 Kindred Jenkins Morris 1869-71 Thomas A. Kercheval 1871-74 Morton Boyte Howell 1874-75 Thomas A. Kercheval 1875-83 Claiborne Hooper Phillips 1883-86 Thomas A. Kercheval 1886-88 Charles Pinckney McCarver 1888-90 William Litterer 1890-91 George B. Guild 1891-95 William Marshall McCarthy 1895-97 Richard Houston Dudley 1897-1900 James M. Head 1900-04 Hilary E. Howse 1909-15 Hilary E. Howse 1924-38 Thomas Lee Cummings 1938-47 Ben West 1951-63 Richard H. Fulton 1975-87 William H. Boner 1987- Phil Bredesen 1991-99 Bill Purcell 2000-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1854: Robert Bell Castleman, appointed.
  • 1857: B. F. Cheatham, defeated.
  • 1888: Thomas A. Kercheval, resigned.
  • 1890 Oct 24: Charles Pinckney McCarver, resigned.
  • 1891 Oct 8: George B. Guild, elected.
  • 1893 Oct 12: George B. Guild, elected.
  • 1895 Oct 3: William Marshall McCarthy, elected.
  • 1897 Oct 4: Richard Houston Dudley, elected.
  • 1938 Jan 2: Hilary E. Howse, died in office.
  • 1999: Bill Purcell, elected.
  • 2003: Bill Purcell, elected.


    Postmasters at Nashville, 1795-1971 (may be incomplete!)
    John Gordon 1795-96 William Stothart 1796-1801 Robert Stothart 1801-11 Robert B. Currey 1811-26 John P. Erwin 1826-29 Robert Armstrong 1829-45 Leonard P. Cheatham 1845-49 John Shelley 1849-53 Samuel R. Anderson 1853-61 William D. McNish 1861 John Lellyett 1862 Adrian V. S. Lindsley 1862-67 Bowling Embry 1867-71 William F. Prosser 1871-74 Herman Hasslock 1874-77 William P. Jones 1877-85 B. F. Cheatham 1885-86 Ann B. Cheatham 1886-88 John H. Currey 1888-89 Andrew W. Wills 1889-94 Hampton J. Cheney 1894-98 Andrew W. Wills 1898-1914 Eugene S. Shannon 1914-20 Charles M. McCabe 1920-24 William J. O'Callaghan 1924-28 Ollie F. Minton 1928-29 Ollie F. Minton 1929-33 William Gupton 1933-34 William Gupton 1934-48 Lewis E. Moore, Jr. 1948-49 Lewis E. Moore, Jr. 1949-71

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1886 Sep 4: B. F. Cheatham, died in office.
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