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Wyeth Chandler
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Birth: 1930
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 2004
Bartlett
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

Full Name: John Wyeth Chandler

Mayor of Memphis from 1972 to 1982. He was the adopted son of a previous Mayor of Memphis, and US Congressman, Walter "Clift" Chandler. He was elected to office three times beginning in 1972. He was mayor of the city during the fateful summer of 1977 when Elvis Presley died at his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, the town filled up with mourners and both the police and fire departments went on strike. His tenure as mayor also included the redevelopment of Beale Street and the development of Mud Island. He resigned his post as mayor in 1982 to accept a seat as judge on the Circuit Court, where he served until his death.

Wyeth Chandler lived his life as a "mans man", living in working class neighborhoods all his life, hanging out at Zinnies with his beer-guzzeling friends, and getting into the occasional fist fight. He was not easily pushed around, either as Mayor, or as a Judge.

He died at his Bartlett home of a heart attack while cutting his grass. The ambulance that was called, was delayed due to a dispute by Memphis and Bartlett dispatchers on who should take the call. 
 
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 Parents:
  Walter Chandler (1887 - 1967)
  Dorothy Wyeth Chandler (1894 - 1949)
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Neil Loftiss
Record added: Jun 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38776256
Wyeth Chandler
Added by: Neil Loftiss
 
Wyeth Chandler
Added by: Neil Loftiss
 
Wyeth Chandler
Added by: Neil Loftiss
 
 
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Brother Wyeth, I really miss the nice times we had together. So mote it be.
- R. Scott Stanley
 Added: Dec. 29, 2012
We loved him
-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 29, 2009

-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 27, 2009
 
 
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