List of United States Senators from Tennessee

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Tennessee was admitted to the United States on June 1, 1796. Its Senate seats were declared vacant in March 1862 owing to its secession from the Union. They were again filled from July 1866. The current Senators are Republicans Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

Class 1[edit]

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for one session of the U.S. Congress in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012.

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 Senatorcocke.jpg William Cocke Democratic-Republican August 2, 1796 –
September 26, 1797
4 1 Elected in 1796
5 2 Appointed to begin the term due to failure of legislature to elect

Resigned when successor elected
2 Andrew Jackson.jpg Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican September 26, 1797 –
April 1, 1798
Elected to finish Cocke's term

Resigned
Vacant April 1, 1798 –
October 6, 1798
3 Daniel Smith Democratic-Republican October 6, 1798 –
March 3, 1799
Appointed to finish Jackson's term

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4 JosephAnderson.jpg Joseph Anderson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1815
6 Elected to finish Jackson's term
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8 3 Re-elected in 1803
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10
11 4 Re-elected in 1809

Retired
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Vacant March 4, 1815 –
October 10, 1815
14 5 [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
5 GeorgeWCampbell.jpg George W. Campbell Democratic-Republican October 10, 1815 –
April 20, 1818
14
(Continued)
Elected to finish vacant term

Resigned
15
Vacant April 20, 1818 –
September 27, 1818
6 John Eaton.jpg John H. Eaton Democratic-Republican September 27, 1818 –
March 9, 1829
15
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Cambell's term
Elected to finish Cambell's term
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17 6 Re-elected in 1821
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20 7 Re-elected in 1827

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of War
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Vacant March 9, 1829 –
October 19, 1829
7 Felix Grundy.jpg Felix Grundy Jacksonian October 19, 1829 –
July 4, 1838
21
(Continued)
Elected to finish Eaton's term
22
Democratic 23 8 Re-elected in 1833

Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General
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Vacant July 5, 1838 –
September 16, 1838
8 EHFoster.jpg Ephraim H. Foster Whig September 17, 1838 –
March 3, 1839
Appointed to finish Grundy's term

Re-elected but resigned to void disobeying instructions given him by the state legislature
Vacant March 3, 1839 –
November 19, 1839
26 9
9 Felix Grundy.jpg Felix Grundy Democratic November 19, 1839 –
December 19, 1840
26
(Continued)
Elected late in 1839

Died
Vacant December 19, 1840 –
December 25, 1840
26
(Continued)
10 Alfred Osborn Pope Nicholson.jpg Alfred O. P. Nicholson Democratic December 25, 1840 –
February 7, 1842
26
(Continued)
Elected to finish Grundy's term

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Vacant February 7, 1842 –
October 17, 1843
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11 EHFoster.jpg Ephraim H. Foster Whig October 17, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28
(Continued)
Elected to finish Nicholson's term

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12 HLTurney.jpg Hopkins L. Turney Democratic March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1851
29 10 Elected in 1844

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13 James C Jones.jpg James C. Jones Whig March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1857
32 11 Elected in 1850
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Democratic 34
Vacant March 4, 1857 –
October 8, 1857
35 12 [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
14 Younger Andrew Johnson.jpg Andrew Johnson Democratic October 8, 1857 –
March 4, 1862
35
(Continued)
Elected in 1856

Resigned to become Military Governor of Tennessee
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37
Vacant March 4, 1862 –
July 24, 1866
37
(Continued)
U.S. Civil War
38 13
39
15 Senator David T. Patterson.jpg David T. Patterson Unionist July 24, 1866 –
March 3, 1869
39
(Continued)
Elected to finish vacant term

Retired
Democratic 40
16 William Gannaway Brownlow 2.jpg William G. Brownlow Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1875
41 14 Elected in 1869

Retired
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43
17 Andrew Johnson - 3a53290u.png Andrew Johnson Democratic March 4, 1875 –
July 31, 1875
44 15 Elected in 1875

Died
18 DMKey-PostmasGener.jpg David M. Key Democratic August 18, 1875 –
January 19, 1877
Appointed to continue Johnson's term

Lost election to finish Johnson's term
19 James E. Bailey - Brady-Handy.jpg James E. Bailey Democratic January 19, 1877 –
March 3, 1881
44
(Continued)
Elected to finish Johnson's term

Lost re-election
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20 Justice Howell Jackson2.jpg Howell Jackson Democratic March 4, 1881 –
April 14, 1886
47 16 Elected in 1881

Resigned to become U.S. Circuit Judge
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49
Vacant April 14, 1886 –
April 16, 1886
21 Washington C. Whitthorne - Brady-Handy.jpg Washington C. Whitthorne Democratic April 16, 1886 –
March 3, 1887
49
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Jackson's term
Elected to finish Jackson's term

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22 William Bate.jpg William B. Bate Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 9, 1905
50 17 Elected in 1887
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53 18 Re-elected in 1893
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56 19 Re-elected in 1899
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59 20 Re-elected in 1905

Died
Vacant March 10, 1905 –
March 20, 1905
23 Frazier-james-beriah-bioguide.jpg James B. Frazier Democratic March 21, 1905 –
March 3, 1911
59
(Continued)
Elected to finish Bate's term

Lost re-election
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24 Luke Lea TN Senator.jpg Luke Lea Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1917
62 21 Elected in 1910

Lost renomination
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64
25 McKellarKenneth.jpg Kenneth McKellar Democratic March 4, 1917 –
January 3, 1953
65 22 Elected in 1916
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68 23 Re-elected in 1922
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71 24 Re-elected in 1928
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74 25 Re-elected in 1934
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77 26 Re-elected in 1940
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80 27 Re-elected in 1946

Lost renomination
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26 Albert Gore Sr..jpg Albert Gore, Sr. Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1971
83 28 Elected in 1952
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86 29 Re-elected in 1958
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89 30 Re-elected in 1964

Lost re-election
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27 Bill brock.jpg Bill Brock Republican January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1977
92 31 Elected in 1970

Lost re-election
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28 Jim sasser.jpg Jim Sasser Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1995
95 32 Elected in 1976
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98 33 Re-elected in 1982
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101 34 Re-elected in 1988

Lost re-election
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103
29 Bill Frist official photo.jpg Bill Frist Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2007
104 35 Elected in 1994
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106
107 36 Re-elected in 2000

Retired
108
109
30 Bob Corker, official Senate photo, 09-21-07.jpg Bob Corker Republican January 3, 2007 –
Present
110 37 Elected in 2006
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113 38 Re-elected in 2012
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# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

Class 2[edit]

Class 2 Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for two sessions of the U.S. Congress in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014.

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 William Blount.jpg William Blount Democratic-Republican August 2, 1796 –
July 8, 1797
4 1 Elected in 1796

Expelled
5
2 JosephAnderson.jpg Joseph Anderson Democratic-Republican July 8, 1797 –
March 3, 1799
Elected to finish Blount's term

Resigned when elected to Class 1 seat
3 Senatorcocke.jpg William Cocke Democratic-Republican March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1805
6 2 Elected to finish Anderson's term

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4 Daniel Smith Democratic-Republican March 4, 1805 –
March 31, 1809
9 3 Elected in 1805

Resigned
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11
Vacant April 1, 1809 –
April 10, 1809
5 Jenkin Whiteside Democratic-Republican April 11, 1809 –
October 8, 1811
11
(Continued)
Elected to finish Smith's term
12 4 Re-elected in 1809

Resigned
6 GeorgeWCampbell.jpg George W. Campbell Democratic-Republican October 8, 1811 –
February 11, 1814
12
(Continued)
Elected to finish Whiteside's term

Resigned
13
Vacant February 12, 1814 –
March 16, 1814
7 Jesse Wharton Democratic-Republican March 17, 1814 –
October 10, 1815
13
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Campbell's term

Retired when successor elected
14
8 Sen John Williams TN.jpg John Williams Democratic-Republican October 10, 1815 –
March 3, 1823
14
(Continued)
Elected to finish Campbell's term
15 5 Appointed to continue his term due to legislature's failure to elect
Elected to finish his term

Lost re-election
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17
9 Andrew Jackson.jpg Andrew Jackson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
October 14, 1825
18 6 Elected in 1823

Resigned
19
Vacant October 15, 1825 –
October 27, 1825
10 HLWhite.jpg Hugh Lawson White Jacksonian October 28, 1825 –
January 13, 1840
19
(Continued)
Elected to finish Jackson's term
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21 7 Re-elected in 1829
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Anti-Jacksonian 24 8 Re-elected in 1835

Resigned because he could not conscientiously obey the instructions of his constituents[1]
Whig 25
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11 Alexander O. Anderson (1794 – 1869).jpg Alexander O. Anderson Democratic February 25, 1840 –
March 3, 1841
26
(Continued)
Elected to finish White's term

Retired
Vacant March 4, 1841 –
October 17, 1843
27 9 Legislature failed to elect
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12 JSpencer.jpg Spencer Jarnagin Whig October 17, 1843 –
March 3, 1847
28
(Continued)
Elected to finish vacant term

Lost re-election
29
Vacant March 4, 1847 –
November 21, 1847
30 10
13 JBell.jpg John Bell Whig November 22, 1847 –
March 3, 1859
30
(Continued)
Elected late in 1847
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33 11 Re-elected in 1853

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14 Alfred Osborn Pope Nicholson.jpg Alfred O. P. Nicholson Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
36 12 Elected in 1859

Withdrew in anticipation of secession
Vacant March 4, 1861 –
July 23, 1866
37 U.S. Civil War
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39 13
15 JSFowler.jpg Joseph S. Fowler Unionist July 24, 1866 –
March 3, 1871
39
(Continued)
Elected to finish vacant term

Retired
Republican 40
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16 Henry Cooper U.S. Senator - Brady-Handy.jpg Henry Cooper Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1877
42 14 Elected in 1870

Retired
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17 Isham Harris.jpg Isham G. Harris Democratic March 4, 1877 –
July 8, 1897
45 15 Elected in 1876
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48 16 Re-elected in 1884
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51 17 Re-elected in 1890
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54 18 Re-elected in 1896

Died
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Vacant July 9, 1897 –
July 19, 1897
55
(Continued)
18 Thomas B. Turley.jpg Thomas B. Turley Democratic July 20, 1897 –
March 3, 1901
55
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Harris's term
Elected to finish Harris's term

Retired
56
19 Edward Ward Carmack.jpg Edward W. Carmack Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1907
57 19 Elected in 1900

Lost re-election
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20 Robert Love Taylor - Brady-Handy.jpg Robert Love Taylor Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 31, 1912
60 20 Elected in 1906

Died
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Vacant April 1, 1912 –
April 10, 1912
21 Newell Sanders.jpg Newell Sanders Republican April 11, 1912 –
January 24, 1913
Appointed to continue Taylor's term

Retired when successor elected
22 William R. Webb.jpg William R. Webb Democratic January 24, 1913 –
March 3, 1913
62
(Continued)
Elected to finish Taylor's term

Retired
23 John Knight Shields.jpg John K. Shields Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1925
63 21 Elected in 1912
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66 22 Re-elected in 1918

Lost renomination
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68
24 Lawrence-tyson-1911.jpg Lawrence D. Tyson Democratic March 4, 1925 –
August 24, 1929
69 23 Elected in 1924

Died
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71
Vacant August 25, 1929 –
September 1, 1929
25 William E. Brock I.jpg William E. Brock Democratic September 2, 1929 –
March 3, 1931
71
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Tyson's term
Elected to finish Tyson's term

Retired
26 Hull-Cordell-LOC.jpg Cordell Hull Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72 24 Elected in 1930

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of State
27 Nathan L. Bachman.jpg Nathan L. Bachman Democratic March 4, 1933 –
April 23, 1937
73 Appointed to continue Hull's term
Elected to finish Hull's term
74
75 25 Re-elected in 1936

Died
Vacant April 24, 1937 –
May 5, 1937
28 BerrySenatorD-TN.jpg George L. Berry Democratic May 6, 1937 –
November 8, 1938
Appointed to continue Bachman's term

Retired when successor elected
Vacant November 9, 1938 –
January 16, 1939
75
(Continued)
Successor elected who preferred to remain as district attorney general
76
29 S000901.jpg Tom Stewart Democratic January 16, 1939 –
January 3, 1949
76
(Continued)
Elected to finish Bachman's term
77
78 26 Re-elected in 1942

Lost renomination
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80
30 SenatorKefauver(D-TN).jpg Estes Kefauver Democratic January 3, 1949 –
August 10, 1963
81 27 Elected in 1948
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84 28 Re-elected in 1954
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87 29 Re-elected in 1960

Died
88
Vacant August 10, 1963 –
August 20, 1963
31 Herbert S. Walters.jpg Herbert S. Walters Democratic August 20, 1963 –
November 3, 1964
Appointed to continue Kefauver's term
Retired
32 B000223.jpg Ross Bass Democratic November 4, 1964 –
January 2, 1967
88
(Continued)
Elected to finish Kefauver's term

Lost renomination
89
33 Howard Baker photo.jpg Howard Baker Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1985
90 30 Elected in 1966
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93 31 Re-elected in 1972
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96 32 Re-elected in 1978

Retired
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98
34 Sengore.jpg Al Gore, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1985 –
January 2, 1993
99 33 Elected in 1984
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102 34 Re-elected in 1990

Resigned to become U.S. Vice President
Vacant January 2, 1993 –
January 5, 1993
102
(Continued)
103
35 Senator Harlan Mathews (D-TN).jpg Harlan Mathews Democratic January 5, 1993 –
December 2, 1994
103
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Gore's term

Retired when successor elected
36 Fred Thompson.jpg Fred Thompson Republican December 2, 1994 –
January 3, 2003
103
(Continued)
Elected to finish Gore's term
104
105 35 Re-elected in 1996

Retired
106
107
37 Lamar Alexander official portrait.jpg Lamar Alexander Republican January 3, 2003 –
Incumbent
108 36 Elected in 2002
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111 37 Re-elected in 2008
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# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

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