John Shelton Wilder

American politician (1921-2010)
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John Shelton Wilder (June 3, 1921 – January 1, 2010) was an American politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was born in Mason, Tennessee.

He was the 48th Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee for 36 years from January 1971 to January 2007. He lost his re-election in 2006.[1] He is the longest serving Lieutenant Governor in the history of the United States.[2]

He was a Tennessee state senator from 1959 to 1961 and again from 1967 to 2009.

Wilder died on January 1, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee from a stroke, aged 88.[3]


  1. Tennessee Senate, Tennessee Blue Book 2007–2008, page 28
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Former Tenn. Lt. Gov. John S. Wilder Dies - Politics News Story - WSMV Nashville". Archived from the original on February 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-01.