William Matt Brown

William Matt Brown (1815–1885) was an American Whig politician.[1][2] He served as the Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1865 to 1867.[1][2]


Early lifeEdit

He was born on September 15, 1815 in Franklin County, Kentucky.[1]


He served as Mayor of Nashville from 1865 to 1867.[1] He believed the 1867 election was fraudulent, and was forced from the courthouse by armed federal soldiers, declaring "I want it understood, gentlemen, that I yield to the bayonet and that alone."[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Mary Jane Morton in 1844.[1] They had eight children, four of whom died infancy.[1] Their four surviving children were William Matt, Jr., Mrs. Carrie Rather, Mary Ellis Brown and Jeannie Brown.[1] He died on September 12, 1885 at his house on South Summer Street in Nashville.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
John Hugh Smith
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
Augustus E. Alden