Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Samuel Allen McElwee 1858 -1914

Marker ID: THC 3A 163
Location: Jackson Street, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.979    W 086° 48.208
  36.16631666    -86.80346666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Born a slave in Madison County, Samuel McElwee began teaching school in Haywood County at the age of 16. In 1882, he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives and one year later was graduated from Fisk University. The only African American elected from Haywood County, Samuel McElwee served three successive terms in the legislature, promoting uniform education and justice. In 1884 and 1888, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. McElwee moved to Nashville 1888 after he was defeated for reelection by force of arms.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.