Gleason, Henry Allan, 1882-1975, American botanist, plant geographer, and plant ecologist. His floristic studies of North American vegetation led to his "individualistic concept of the plant community," which views each species as functioning independently within the plant community, a concept that has gained favor in recent years. He co-authored two important books with Arthur Cronquist, The Natural Geography of Plants (1964) and the Manual of Vascular Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (1963, repr. 1991). He also wrote The New Britton and Brown Illustrated Flora of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (1952).
Gleason is a town in Weakley County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,463 at the 2000 census. The city also holds the annual Tater Town Parade and festival in the fall. The Ladies High School basketball team has won the State Championship on three separate occasions, in 1992, 1999 and 2007.


Gleason is located at (36.215641, -88.612114).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,463 people, 599 households, and 431 families residing in the town. The population density was 640.5 people per square mile (247.7/km²). There were 657 housing units at an average density of 287.6/sq mi (111.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.43% White, 0.55% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.41% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

There were 599 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,597, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $26,397 versus $19,643 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,747. About 13.6% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

Mike Snider, Grand Ole Opry star, was born and maintains a home in Gleason. Snider has constructed a small grass airstrip that he takes off and lands his airplane on.

Ashley McElhiney, attended Gleason School and won the Tennessee State 1A Miss Basketball in 1999. After a spectacular basketball career at Vanderbilt University, she became the first female manager of a male professional basketball team, the Nashville Rhythm.

Hugh Gordon Stoker, member of the Jordanaires.



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