Who Were Some of the Mayors of Tennessee?


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The state of Tennessee has had thousands of mayors in its history. Some of the most notable mayors of the state are John J. Duncan Sr., Phil Bredensen, Joseph Coleman, Bill Purcell, Karl Dean, Marcus Winchester, A C Wharton, and Bob Corker.

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John Duncan Sr. served as mayor of Knoxville from 1959 to 1964. After serving as the Mayor of Knoxville, Duncan was elected as the U.S. Representative for the second district of Tennessee. Duncan served 12 terms in Congress from 1965 to 1988. Phil Bredensen served as the Mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999. He became the 48th Governor of Tennessee in 2003, and is serving his second term in office as of 2015.

Joseph Coleman was the first mayor of Nashville, and served from 1806 to 1809. As of 2015, Karl Dean is serving his second term as the 68th mayor of Nashville. Dean was elected in 2007. Bill Purcell was elected as the fifth mayor of recently created Metropolitan Nashville in 1999 and re-elected in 2003 with a record-setting 84.8 percent of the vote.

Marcus Winchester was the first mayor of Memphis, and served 1827 to 1829. A C Wharton served as mayor of Shelby County from 2002 to 2008, the first African-American to hold that position. In 2009 Wharton was elected mayor of Memphis.

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