Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Buford Ellington 1907-1972

Marker ID: THC 3G 32
Location: Marshall County, on County Road 4277, north of Lewisburg
County: Marshall
Waymark: None


A native of Holmes County, Mississippi, he married Catherine Cheek in 1930. Eleven years later he moved to Verona where he farmed and operated a general store until 1953. He was elected to the General Assembly in 1948. Appointed commissioner of agriculture in 1953, he served until 1958. He was elected governor in 1958 and again in 1966. He held the post of director of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization under President Lyndon B. Johnson.