Richard Houston Dudley

Richard Houston Dudley (July 29, 1836 – August 30, 1914) was an American Democratic politician, Confederate soldier and businessman. He served as the Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1897 to 1900.

Richard H. Dudley
Born(1836-07-29)July 29, 1836
DiedAugust 30, 1914(1914-08-30) (aged 78)

Early lifeEdit

Dudley was born near Shelbyville in Bedford County, Tennessee on July 29, 1836.[1]


Dudley served in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War of 1861-1865.[1][2] In May 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Maney's 1st Tennessee Infantry.[3]

In 1873, Dudley moved to Nashville where was a member of the wholesale grocery firm of Ordlay, Dudley and McGuire, and the hardware firm of Dudley Brothers & Lipscomb.[4] He served as Mayor of Nashville from 1897 to 1900.[2][5][6] He was supported by Democrats and Irish Americans who lived in Nashville during his campaign.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Dudley was married to Mattie Rose in September, 1865.[1] She died soon after and he remarried to Mary E. Beasley on April 4, 1868, who died in 1907.[1] He had no children.[1]

Dudley died on August 30, 1914.


  1. ^ a b c d e Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN
  2. ^ a b Clement Anselm Evans, O. M. Roberts, J. J. Dickison, Robert S. Bridgers, William Harwar Parker, Confederate Military History: Tennessee, Broadfoot, 1987, p. 457 [1]
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  4. ^ William Waller, Nashville in the 1890s, Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 1970, p. 92 [2]
  5. ^ a b Frank Burns, Davidson County, Memphis, Tennessee: Memphis State University Press, 1989, p. 69 [3]
  6. ^ Nashville Library

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Marshall McCarthey
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
James Marshall Head