Felix Zollicoffer Wilson

Felix Zollicoffer Wilson (1866-1950) was an American Democratic politician. He served as the Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1921 to 1922.

Felix Zollicoffer Wilson
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
In office
Preceded byWilliam Gupton
Succeeded byWilliam Percy Sharpe
Personal details
BornDecember 27, 1866
Davidson County, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedFebruary 12, 1950

Early lifeEdit

Wilson was born in Davidson County, Tennessee on December 27, 1866.[1][2] His father was James Hazzard Wilson and his mother was the daughter of Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer.[1][3]

Wilson was educated at the Howard School and Goodman's Business College in Nashville.[1]


Wilson began his career as a grocer at the age of 14.[1]

Wilson served on the Nashville City Council in 1902 and in 1943.[1] He became County Register in 1945.[2] He was the trustee of Davidson County from 1914 to 1917.[1]

Wilson was elected as Mayor of Nashville by the city council, after the council had voted to suspend Mayor William Gupton.[2] He was seen as a reformer, and supported women's rights.[4] However, he was voted out of office by the city council in November 1922.[2]

Wilson became magistrate from the First Civil District in 1930.[1] He elected as the county register for Davidson county in 1945.[1]

Personal life and deathEdit

Wilson was married to Mary Pendergast in 1888.[1] They had two sons, James P. Wilson and Mizell Wilson, and three daughters.[1] Wilson resided at 1900 West End Avenue in Nashville.[5] He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Order of Red Men.[1] He was a council commander of the Woodmen of the World.[1]

Wilson died on February 12, 1950.[1] His funeral was held at the Christ Church Cathedral, and he was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Felix Z. Wilson Rites Tomorrow. County Register Dies After Long Illness; Held Many Offices". The Tennessean. March 3, 1950. pp. 1, 6. Retrieved April 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN". Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
  3. ^ "A Good Name". The Tennessean. March 3, 1950. p. 23. Retrieved April 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Kriste Lindenmeyer (ed.), Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: Women in American History, Rowman & Littlefield, 2000, p. 210 [1]
  5. ^ a b "Felix Z. Wilson Rites Will Be Held Today". The Tennessean. March 4, 1950. p. 10. Retrieved April 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
Political offices
Preceded by
William Gupton
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
William Percy Sharpe