Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Birthplace of James Percy Priest

Marker ID: THC 3D 62
Location: Maury County, at Carter s Creek Pike and Theta Road
County: Maury
Waymark: None


J. Percy Priest, the son of George M. and Axie Priest, was born on April 1, 1941, one mile west on the Old Theta Road. From January 3, 1941, until his death on October 12, 1956, he served as U.S. Congressman from the Fifth District. Priest also worked as a teacher, journalist, and Christian leader. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville.