Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Marcus Winchester

Marker ID: THC 4E 58
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, Jackson and Front streets
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


On the southeast comer opposite, Marcus B. Winchester set up the first store in Memphis, and in 1821 the first post office. Son of General James Winchester, he was agent for the original proprietors of the Rice Tract and largely responsible for the early growth of the town. He was first mayor, 1827-29, and first postmaster, 1821-1849. He persuaded David Crockett to enter national politics.