Powhatan W. Maxey

Powhatan W. Maxey (1810–1876) was an American Whig politician. He served as the Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1843 to 1845.

Early lifeEdit

Powhatan Woolridge Maxey was born on May 7, 1810.[1] His parents were from Virginia, and he had six brothers and seven sisters.[2][3]


Maxey sat on the Nashville Board of Aldermen.[2] From 1843 to 1845, He served as Mayor of Nashville.[4][5][2][4] During his tenure, what was then known as Campbell's Hill was bought from George W. Campbell for $30,000 to build the new Tennessee State Capitol.[6] He also served as a Justice of the Peace.[2]

Personal life and deathEdit

Maxey married Julia Hobbs on October 18, 1832.[1] They had six children.[1] He attended McKendree Methodist Church and later, Hobson Chapel Methodist Church.[2] He died on August 8, 1876, and he is buried in the Nashville City Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN
  2. ^ a b c d e Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith, Death Notices, Christian Advocate, July–December 1876
  3. ^ Edythe Maxey Clark, The Maxeys of Virginia: A genealogical history of the descendants of Edward and Susannah Maxey, Louisville, Kentucky: Gateway Press, p. 174 [1]
  4. ^ a b William Henry McRaven, Nashville, Athens of the South, Tennessee Book Company, 1949, p. 272 [2]
  5. ^ Nashville Library
  6. ^ John Trotwood Moore, Austin P. Foster, Tennessee, the volunteer state, 1769-1923, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1923, Volume 1, p. 428 [3]
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas B. Coleman
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
John Hugh Smith