Percy Warner

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Percy Warner
BornMarch 4, 1861
DiedJune 18, 1927
Resting placeMount Olivet Cemetery
SpouseMargaret Lindsley
Children3 daughters
ParentJames C. Warner
RelativesJohn Berrien Lindsley (father-in-law)
Luke Lea (son-in-law)

Percy Warner (1861–1927) was an American businessman from Nashville, Tennessee. He was active in public utility across the Southern United States.

Early life[edit]

Percy Warner was born on March 4, 1861.[1] His father, James C. Warner, was the owner of mining interests.[2] He had a brother, Edwin Warner.[3] He grew up at Renraw, a mansion in East Nashville.[4]


Warner started his career by working for his father's mining business.[2]

Warner served as the President of the Nashville Railway and Light Company,[5][6] which controlled the streetcar system in Nashville.[2] He resigned in 1914.[7] He was also active in utility companies in "Memphis, Knoxville, Birmingham, Little Rock, Houston, and New Orleans."[2] Additionally, Warner served on the board of directors of the National Light and Power Company of New York.[2]

Warner served on the board of directors of the Nashville Trust Company.[6] He also served as the Chairman of the Building Committee of the Young Women's Christian Association Building in Downtown Nashville.[8]

Warner served on the Nashville Board of Park Commissioners.[6] He helped save Centennial Park.[2]

Personal life, death and legacy[edit]

Warner married Margaret Lindsley, the daughter of Dr John Berrien Lindsley.[2] They resided at Royal Oaks, a mansion in Nashville.[4] Two of his daughters, Mary and Percie, were the first and second wives of Luke Lea, who served as the Senator from Tennessee from 1911 to 1917.[5]

Warner died on June 18, 1927.[1][5] He was buried at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] The Percy Warner Park in Nashville was named in his honor.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Percy Warner". Find a Grave. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Binnicker, Margaret D. (December 25, 2009). "Percy Warner". The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Tennessee Historical Society & University of Tennessee Press. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Zepp, George (May 8, 2007). "Warners, Lea gave city gifts that keep on giving". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Edwards, Amelia Whitsitt (1999). Nashville Interiors, 1866 to 1920. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 33–46. ISBN 9780738502205.
  5. ^ a b c "Relative of Luke Lea Dead". The Kingsport Times. Kingsport, Tennessee. June 19, 1927. p. 1. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via open access
  6. ^ a b c "Capitalist Dies". The Anniston Star. Anniston, Alabama. June 19, 1927. p. 5. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via open access
  7. ^ "President of Street Cny Resigns: Percy Warner Quits Position He Held for Years With Remarkable Success. Built Up Big System. Reports in Circulation That Dan McGuigin Will Succeed Warner". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. April 24, 1914. p. 1. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via open access
  8. ^ "Presentation of Y. W. C. A. Keys". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. May 5, 1911. p. 5. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via open access