Samuel Van Dyke Stout

Samuel Van Dyke Stout (1786–1850) was an American Whig politician. He served as the Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1841 to 1842.

Samuel Van Dyke Stout
Mayor Samuel Van Dyke Stout.jpg
BornApril 18, 1786
DiedAugust 8, 1850
Resting placeNashville City Cemetery
OccupationSilverplater, coach factory owner, politician
Political partyWhig Party
Spouse(s)Catherine Tannehill
Children3 sons (including Samuel Hollingsworth Stout), 3 daughters
RelativesWilkins F. Tannehill (brother-in-law)

Early lifeEdit

Samuel Van Dyke Stout was born on April 18, 1786, in Redstone Fort, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.[1][2][3] His father, Abraham Stout, was silver plater.[3] His mother, Jane Pettit.[1] He grew up in Kentucky and moved to Nashville in 1811.[1]


Stout settled in Nashville, Tennessee in 1811. He first worked for his father's silver plating business.[3] He subsequently opened a carriage factory on Clark Street.[4] His business became successful, and he is credited with making the carriage that President Andrew Jackson rode on his journey from Nashville to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration on March 4, 1829.[4]

Stout served on the Nashville Board of Aldermen from 1824 to 1825, 1830 to 1832, 1835 to 1837, 1838 to 1839, in 1844, and from 1846 to 1850.[3] He served as Mayor of Nashville from 1841 to 1842.[1] He was a freemason.[3]

Personal life and deathEdit

Stout married Catherine Tannehill in Nashville on October 12, 1813 at the home of Catherine's brother, Wilkins F. Tannehill, who would later himself serve as the city mayor.[1][5] They had three sons, Josiah W., Charles C., Samuel H., and three daughters, Margaret Jane, Ira Abraham, and Catherine.[1] They resided on First Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee.[3] He attended the First Presbyerian Church.[3]

Stout died of apoplexy on August 8, 1850.[3] He was buried in the Nashville City Cemetery.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN
  2. ^ Nashville Library
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Samuel Van Dyke Stout Mayor of the City of Nashville 1841-1842". Nashville City Cemetery. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Schroeder-Lein, Glenna R. (1994). Confederate Hospitals on the Move: Samuel H. Stout and the Army of Tennessee. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press. pp. 24–26. ISBN 9781570031557. OCLC 39872235.
  5. ^ Margery Frances Day Hanson, Richard Ewing Hanson, Day Unto Day: A Study of the Day Family in America, M. F. D. Hanson, 1978, p. 274 [1]
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Clay Trabue
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
Thomas B. Coleman