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Jay Guy Cisco
Born (1844-04-25)April 25, 1844
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died April 24, 1922(1922-04-24) (aged 77)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Residence 912 Boscobel Street, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Journalist, diplomat, businessman
Spouse(s) Mildred George Pursley
Children 4 sons, 2 daughters
Military career
Allegiance  Confederate States of America (1861–1865)
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861–1865

Jay Guy Cisco (April 25, 1844 - April 24, 1922) was an American Confederate veteran, journalist, diplomat and businessman. He was the owner of a bookstore and the editor of the Forked Deer Blade newspaper in Jackson, Tennessee. He was a U.S. consul to Mexico, and an agent for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

Early life

Cisco was born on April 25, 1844 in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, he served in the Confederate States Army.[1] He subsequently traveled to Europe.[2]


Cisco moved to Jackson, Tennessee, where he was the owner of a bookstore known as Cisco's Bookstore.[1][2] He became the editor of the Forked Deer Blade in Jackson in 1883.[1][2] He was a proponent of prohibition.[3]

Cisco was appointed as a consul to Mexico by President Grover Cleveland in 1888.[1] He was an agent for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad from 1897 to 1922.[1]

Personal life and death

Cisco married Mildred George Pursley;[3] they had four sons and two daughters.[1] They resided at 912 Boscobel Street in Nashville.[1]

Cisco died on April 24, 1922 in Nashville.[1]


  • Cisco, Jay Guy (1909). Historic Sumner County, Tennessee, with Genealogies of the Bledsoe, Cage and Douglass Families and Genealogical Notes of Other Sumner Families. Nashville, Tennessee: Folk-Keelin Printing Company. OCLC 5692694972. 


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "Prayers Held for Jay G. Cisco. Funeral for Confederate Veteran and Newspaperman in Jackson.". The Tennessean. April 25, 1922. p. 2. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "CISCO, JAY GUY, PAPERS, 1894-1921". Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lester, Dee Gee (December 25, 2009). "Jay Guy Cisco". Tennessee Historical Society and the University of Tennessee Press. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 

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