William Percy Sharpe

William Percy Sharpe (1871-1942) was an American Democratic politician. He served as Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1922 to 1923.

Early lifeEdit

William Percy Sharpe was born in Anderson, South Carolina in 1871.[1][2] He moved to Nashville circa 1900.[3]


Sharpe sold furniture. He was the co-founder of Sharpe & Wherry, followed by Sharpe Furniture Co..[3]

Sharpe was elected by the city council to replace Mayor Felix Zollicoffer Wilson, who was ousted.[3] He served from November 24, 1922 to June 5, 1923.[2] He served on the Davidson County Court from 1924 to 1930.[2]

Personal life and deathEdit

Sharpe was married to Julia Margaret Nichol.[1] They had a son, William Percy Sharpe, Jr., and a daughter, Elizabeth Sharpe Deener.[4] He attended the West End Methodist Church.[2]

Sharpe died in Madison, Tennessee on November 13, 1942.[1] He was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.[1] His house in Nashville burned down a week after his death.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN
  2. ^ a b c d "Rites For Sharpe To Be Held Today. Former Mayor Dies At Madison Sanitarium". The Tennessean. November 14, 1942. p. 2. Retrieved June 23, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b c "Mayor Wilson Is Ousted by Council; Percy Sharpe Elected". The Tennessean. November 25, 1922. pp. 1, 5. Retrieved June 23, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Ex-Mayor Sharpe's Will Probated". The Tennessean. November 20, 1942. p. 50. Retrieved June 23, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Sharpe Property Burned". The Tennessean. November 22, 1942. p. 16. Retrieved June 23, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
Political offices
Preceded by
Felix Zollicoffer Wilson
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
Hilary Ewing Howse