Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Buford Hayse Pusser

Marker ID: THC 4C 26
Location: the intersection of U.S. 64 and Lawton Road, Selmer, TN
County: McNairy
Coordinates: N 35° 12.357    W 088° 27.586
  35.20595    -88.45976666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMPXB


Buford Hayse Pusser

On December 12, 1937, Buford Hayse Pusser was born in Finger, Tennessee. In 1962 he became Adamsville's chief of police. He was elected sheriff of McNairy County in 1864. Soon his courageous fight against crime exposed him to much danger and many personal injuries. A movie and a book based on Sheriff Pusser's experiences made him a nationally known hero. He died in an automobile accident here on August 21, 1974.

Tennessee Historical Commission.