Bill Boner

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William Hill Boner
Bill Boner.jpg
65th Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
In office
Preceded by Richard Fulton
Succeeded by Phil Bredesen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – October 5, 1987
Preceded by Clifford Allen
Succeeded by Bob Clement
Personal details
Born (1945-02-14) February 14, 1945 (age 69)
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Middle Tennessee State University
Peabody College

William Hill "Bill" Boner (born February 14, 1945) is a Tennessee educator and former Democratic politician. He was the third mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, serving from 1987 to 1991.[1] He served in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the Representative from the 5th District of Tennessee, from 1979 to 1988.[2]


He was born in East Nashville, traditionally a politically active part of the city. A star at East Nashville High School,[3] from which he graduated in 1963, he subsequently entered the fields of teaching and coaching, and for two years was basketball coach at Trevecca Nazarene College (now University). He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1967, and received a master's degree from the former Peabody College in 1969. He also became a popular and respected high school and middle school sports referee. In 1970, he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives, a part-time position, for the first time, serving until 1972.

Appearance on The Phil Donahue Show[edit]

During his term as mayor, Boner made a controversial appearance on the October 15, 1990 episode of The Phil Donahue Show.[4] Boner appeared on the show with Traci Peel, a nightclub singer in Nashville. The couple were engaged, making their romance controversial, as Boner was still married to his third wife.[4] Peel had previously told a Nashville reporter that the couple could have sexual intercourse for seven hours.[4] At one point in the Donahue appearance, Boner played harmonica, while Peel sang "Rocky Top".[4] Boner and Peel would eventually marry and then divorce.[5]

After term as mayor[edit]

Boner opted not to seek reelection for a second term.[6] Following retirement from political office, Boner briefly became a businessman, owning a pallet factory in Tompkinsville, Kentucky,[6] and then becoming a restaurant franchisee in Atlanta.[6]

Boner eventually returned to the Nashville area, becoming a social studies teacher at Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee.[6] Sources had said that Boner had become very religious,[6] and was "honest and open about the fact that he screwed up in office."[6]

As of January 2012, Boner is reportedly retired, and living in Destin, Florida.[7]


  1. ^ Wood, E. Thomas (July 13, 2007). "Nashville now and then: Civic forebodings". Nashville Post. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
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  4. ^ a b c d St. George, Donna (October 16, 1990). "Mayor Is On TV; Nashville Blushes". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Whitehouse, Ken (August 1, 2008). "Creditors named in case of bankrupt Brentwood financial advisor". Nashville Post. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Ruble, Drew (July 2006). "Vestige of Empire (located in the section, "Boner of Contention")". Business TN. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Lind, JR (February 4, 2011). "Here's one guy not running for mayor". Nashville Post. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clifford Allen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bob Clement
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Fulton
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
Phil Bredesen