Buford Hayse Pusser 4C 26
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
N 35° 12.398 W 088° 27.480
16S E 367285 N 3896931
Quick Description: Sheriff Buford Pusser still "Walks Tall" in McNairy County, Tennessee. This historical marker stand on the Side of Route 64 near the site of his fatal car carsh.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2006 12:33:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMPXB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
Views: 74

Long Description:
Buford Pusser was Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee form 1964 - 1970. He is know for his crusade against the Dixie Mafia was was in charge of organized crime, drugs and gambling. When he was elected sheriff in 1964, he was only 26-years old making him the youngest elected sheriffs in Tennessee.

On August 12, 1967, Sheriff Pusser received a call at his home reporting a disturbance on New Hope Road. His wife Pauline decided to accompany him on the call. As they neared the New Hope Methodist Church two cars pulled along side and opened fire. Pauline Pusser was killed and Sheriff Pusser was seriouly wounded. Buford Pusser recovered and served as Sheriff of 2 1/2 more years before. Due to term limits Sheriff Pusser was prohibited from running for another term.

The 1973 movie Walking Tall was based on the sheriff's life.

Buford Pusser died August 21, 1974 from injuries he received in an automobile crash, which occurred on Route 64 near the intersection of Lawton Road. Sheriff Pusser died at the scene of the crash and is buried in the Adamsville Cemetery in Adamsville, Tennessee.

This historical marker stands on the side of U. S. Route 64 between Adamsville and Selmer near the site of the fatal car crash.

For more information on Sheriff Buford Pusser visit the official Buford Pusser Website: (visit link)
Marker Name: Buford Hayse Pusser

Marker Location: Roadside

Type of Marker: Other

Marker Number: 4C-26

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Tennessee Historical Commission


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