James Minor Quarles

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James Minor Quarles
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Personal details
Born (1823-02-03)February 3, 1823
Louisa County, Virginia
Died March 3, 1901(1901-03-03) (aged 78)
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Opposition Party
Spouse(s) Mary Walker Thomas Quarles
Children Robert Thomas Quarles

Eva Belle Quarles

Frances Quarles

Ellen Douglas Quarles

Lucy M Quarles

Elizabeth Lewis Quarles

David Watson Quarles

Mary Walker Quarles

Elizabeth Thornton Quarles

William Andrew Quarles

James Minor Quarles

John Nicholas Quarles

Profession lawyer



James Minor Quarles (February 8, 1823 – March 3, 1901) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 8th congressional district.


Quarles was born near Louisa Court House in Louisa County, Virginia, son of Garrett Minor and Mary Johnson Poindexter Quarles. He attended the common schools, and in 1833 moved to Kentucky with his father, who settled in Christian County. He completed preparatory studies, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1845. He commenced practice in Clarksville, Tennessee. He married Mary Walker Thomas and they had twelve children.[1]


In 1853, Quarles was elected to the tenth judicial circuit, and he served until 1859 when he resigned, having been elected to the Thirty-sixth Congress as a member of the Opposition Party. He was a U.S. Representative from March 4, 1859, to March 3, 1861.[2]

During the Civil War, Quarles served in the Confederate Army brigade of his brother, Brigadier General William A. Quarles, until the close of the war. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1872 and continued the practice of law. He was elected a judge of the criminal court in 1878, and he served until 1882 when he resigned and again resumed his law practice.[3]


Quarles died in Nashville and is interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "James Minor Quarles". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "James Minor Quarles". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "James Minor Quarles". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "James Minor Quarles". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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