Alexander Allison

Alexander Allison (ca. 1799—1862) was an American politician. He served as the Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1847 to 1849.

Early lifeEdit

Allison was born about 1799 in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland.[1] After immigrating to the United States, he established a successful dry goods business in Nashville.[2]


Allison served as Mayor of Nashville from 1847 to 1849.[1][3] He was appointed by Governor Neill S. Brown as one of the commissioners to establish a "hospital for the insane" in Nashville, designed by architect Adolphus Heiman.[4] He also served on the building committee of First Presbyterian Church.[4]

Allison owned twelve slaves in Nashville and twenty in Davidson County.[4]

Personal life and deathEdit

Allison was married to Madeline T. Alcorn.[1] Their son James Hart Allison died at the Battle of Monterey of 1846 at the age of twenty-two and John Allcorn Allison died of apoplexy at the age of twenty-three.[4] They resided at 9 Summer Place in Nashville, and one of their neighbors was Samuel Morgan.[4] He died on November 3, 1862, and he is buried in the Nashville City Cemetery.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN". Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  2. ^ Morrison, Leonard Allison (February 20, 1893). The History of the Alison, Or Allison Family in Europe and America, A.D. 1135 to 1893: Giving an Account of the Family in Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and the United States... Damrell & Upham. p. 166 – via Internet Archive.
  3. ^ "List of mayors of Nashville, Tennessee". November 30, 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Nashville City Cemetery biography" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Alexander and Madeline Allison - Tombstone Inscription".
Political offices
Preceded by
John A. Goodlett
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
John McCormick Lea