Businessman, public servant. Born– Aug. 25, 1820 in Madison Co., Ala. Parents– Samuel and Margaret Tanner. Married– Susan Owen Wilson, Nov. 26, 1846. Children– Seven. Education– attended school in Athens, Ala. Clerk in Athens; in cotton business in New Orleans and Shreveport, 1842-1847; merchant in Athens, 1847-1861; for 25 years with North and South Railroad (L&N); U.S. revenue collector, 1866-1867; real estate and immigration agent; mayor of Athens for five consecutive terms; member of the  Board of Trustees for Athens Female College, 1842-1892; president of the Board, 1880-1892.  Helped organize the Alabama State Temperance Alliance, 1881;  nominated 1886 as Prohibition candidate for governor, and in 1888 for vice president. Died June 15, 1899.


Tanner’s History of Athens….

Elva Bell McLin, Athens State College: A Definitive History, 1821-1991.  Huntsville:  Athens State College Foundation, 1991.


History of Athens, and Incidentally Limestone County, Alabama, 1825-1876. University, Ala.; Confederate Pub. Co., 1978.