John Hugh Smith

John Hugh Smith (1819–1870) was an American Whig politician. He served as the Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee three times, from 1845 to 1846, from 1850 to 1853, and from 1862 to 1865.

Early lifeEdit

Smith was born in 1819 in Nashville.[1] His father was John H. Smith and his mother, Maria (Combs) Smith.[1]


Smith served as Mayor of Nashville from 1845 to 1846, from 1850 to 1853, and from 1862 to 1865.[1][2][3] In 1862, he had been appointed by Tennessee Governor (and future President) Andrew Johnson to replace Richard Boone Cheatham, who was arrested.[4][5]

After his retirement in 1865, Smith shot at a policeman called Brown in Nashville.[6]

Personal life and deathEdit

Smith was never married.[1] He died on July 7, 1870 in Nashville, and he is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN". Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  2. ^ Nashville Library
  3. ^ William Henry McRaven, Nashville: Athens of the South, Tennessee Book Company, 1949 p. 272 [1]
  4. ^ Paul H. Bergeron, Andrew Johnson's Civil War and Reconstruction, Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 2011, p. 23, [2]
  5. ^ William C. Harris, With Charity for All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union, Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1997, p. 45 [3]
  6. ^ ROM TENNESSEE.; An Affray at Nashville--Case of Embezzlement--Cotton Market. Interesting Relics Found--Pardons for Notorious Rebels. From Toronto--A Contradiction. From Buffalo--Fatal Bridge Accident., The New York Times, November 7, 1865
Political offices
Preceded by
Powhatan W. Maxey
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
John A. Goodlett
Preceded by
John McCormick Lea
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
Williamson Hartley Horn
Preceded by
Richard Boone Cheatham
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
William Matt Brown