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Richard H. Dudley
Born (1836-07-29)July 29, 1836
Bedford County, Tennessee
Died August 30, 1914(1914-08-30) (aged 78)
Nashville, Tennessee

Richard Houston Dudley (July 29, 1836 – August 30, 1914) was an American Democratic politician, Confederate soldier and businessman.[1][2][3] He served as the Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1897 to 1900.[1][2][3][4]


He was born near Shelbyville in Bedford County, Tennessee on July 29, 1836.[1]

Civil War

He fought in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War of 1861-1865.[1][3] In May 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Maney's 1st Tennessee Infantry.[5]

Personal life

He was married to Mattie Rose in September, 1865.[1] She died soon after and he remarried to Mary E. Beasley on April 4, 1868, who died in 1907.[1] He had no children.[1]


In 1873, he removed to Nashville where was a member of the wholesale grocery firm of Ordlay, Dudley and McGuire, and the hardware firm of Dudley Brothers & Lipscomb.[6] He served as Mayor of Nashville from 1897 to 1900.[1][3][4] He was supported during his campaign by Democrats and Irish Americans who lived in Nashville.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nashville Library
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Clement Anselm Evans, O. M. Roberts, J. J. Dickison, Robert S. Bridgers, William Harwar Parker, Confederate Military History: Tennessee, Broadfoot, 1987, p. 457 [1]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Frank Burns, Davidson County, Memphis, Tennessee: Memphis State University Press, 1989, p. 69 [2]
  6. William Waller, Nashville in the 1890s, Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 1970, p. 92 [3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Marshall McCarthey
Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Succeeded by
James Marshall Head

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