Thomas A. Kercheval

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Thomas A. Kercheval (January 16, 1837–March 22, 1915) was a Republican Tennessee Senator and the Mayor of Nashville for twelve years.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Kercheval was born in Maury County, Tennessee on January 16, 1837. He was educated at Jackson College in Maury County and also attended Burritt College for two years. He studied law with his brother, William F. Kercheval, in Fayetteville, Tennessee, and was admitted to the bar in January, 1860.

Career[edit]

In December, 1862, he moved to Nashville and worked in the Provost Marshal's office from 1863 to 1864. Kercheval was first elected to the State Legislature in 1865, during the reorganization of the state government under William Brownlow's administration. He served from 1865 to 1869. Afterward, he practiced law in Nashville until 1871, when he was elected Alderman of the Fourth Ward, and to the City Council of Nashville. He was elected Mayor of Nashville in 1872, and reelected in 1873. He ran for a third term, but was defeated by Morton B. Howell. After Howell's first term as mayor expired, Kercheval was reelected in 1875. He continued to serve successive terms up until his defeat by Claiborne Hooper Phillips in 1883. Kercheval was again reelected in 1886, but resigned as mayor in 1888 to join the Board of Public Works. The remainder of his term was filled by Charles P. McCarver.

Personal life[edit]

On October 11, 1874, Kercheval married Alice Gardner Brien of Nashville. He died in Nashville on March 22, 1915. He is interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

References[edit]

  • Whitson, L. D. Personal Sketches of Members of the Forty-Fourth General Assembly of Tennessee. Nashville, TN: Southern Methodist Publishing House, 1885.
  • Wooldridge, John. History of Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville, TN: Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1890.
  • "Thos. A. Kercheval, Three Times Mayor of Nashville, Dead". The Nashville Tennessean. March 23, 1915. 
  • Tennessee Vital Statistics, Death Certificate No. 8-523
Preceded by
Kindred Jenkins Morris
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
1871–1874
Succeeded by
Morton Boyte Howell
Preceded by
Morton Boyte Howell
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
1875–1883
Succeeded by
Claiborne Hooper Phillips
Preceded by
Claiborne Hooper Phillips
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
1886–1888
Succeeded by
Charles P. McCarver