Hilary Ewing Howse

Hilary Ewing Howse (1866–1938) was an American businessman and politician. He served as the Mayor of Nashville from 1909 to 1913, and again from 1923 to 1938.

Early lifeEdit

Howse was born in 1866 in Rutherford County, Tennessee.[citation needed]


Howse served as a member of the Tennessee Senate from 1905 and again in 1909,[1] and later as Mayor of Nashville from 1909 to 1913, and again from 1923 to January 2, 1938.[2]

Howse was an anti-prohibitionist and is attributed to the quote, "As long as I stay in a free country, I will eat and drink as I please."[3]


Howse died on January 2, 1938.[4] He was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ "TENNESSEE SENATORS TERRITORIAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY – 1794 ONE HUNDREDTH SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2009 - 10" (PDF). Tennessee State Library and Archives. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Thomas Aiello, The Kings of Casino Park: Black Baseball in the Lost Season of 1932, University of Alabama Press, 2011, p. 125 [1]
  3. ^ Burns, Frank (1989). Jones, Robert B. (ed.). Tennessee County History Series: Davidson County. Memphis, Tennessee: Memphis State University Press. p. 69. ISBN 9780878701308. OCLC 19604401 – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ "Nashville Mourns. Funeral for Mayor Will Be Held Tuesday". The Anniston Star. Anniston, Alabama. January 3, 1938. p. 11. Retrieved July 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Final Tributes Paid to Mayor At Rites Here". The Tennessean. January 5, 1938. pp. 1, 2. Retrieved July 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
Political offices
Preceded by
James Stephens Brown
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
Robert Ewing
Preceded by
William Percy Sharpe
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
Thomas L. Cummings Sr.