Dayton E. Phillips

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Dayton E. Phillips
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1951
Preceded by B. Carroll Reece
Succeeded by B. Carroll Reece
Personal details
Born March 29, 1910 (1910-03-29)
Carter County, Tennessee
Died October 23, 1980 (1980-10-24) (aged 70)
Kingsport, Tennessee
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Alma mater Milligan College

University of Tennessee

National University Law School

Profession Attorney


Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War II

Dayton E. Phillips (March 29, 1910 - October 23, 1980) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 1st congressional district of Tennessee.


Born, Dayton Edward Phillips, on March 29, 1910 at Shell Creek, Tennessee in Carter County, he grew up on a farm, attended the country school, and went to Cloudland High School in Roan Mountain, Tennessee. From 1929 to 1931, he attended Milligan College in Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1934. He taught school in Carter County, Tennessee in 1931 and 1932.


Phillips was admitted to the bar in 1935 and commenced practice in Elizabethton, Tennessee, and graduated from National University Law School in Washington, D.C. with a J.D. in 1936. He was the attorney for Carter County from 1938 to 1942. He was district attorney general of the first judicial circuit of Tennessee from 1942 to 1947. During World War II, he served as an enlisted man in the United States Army, with overseas service in the European Theater of Operations, from 1943 to 1945.[1]

Elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and Eighty-first Congresses, Phillips served from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1951,[2] but was not a successful candidate for renomination in 1950. He resumed the practice of law and was the chancellor of the First Chancery Court of Tennessee. He resided in Elizabethton, Tennessee.


Phillips died on October 23, 1980 in Kingsport, Tennessee. He is interred at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, Tennessee.[3]


  1. ^ "Dayton E. Phillips". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dayton E. Phillips". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dayton E. Phillips". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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