Luke Lea (1783–1851)
|United States Representative|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
|Born||January 21, 1783
Surry County, North Carolina
|Died||June 17, 1851
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
|Political party||Jacksonian Democrat|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Wells McCormick Lea|
|Children||James Armstrong Lea
John McCormick Lea
Francis Wells Lea
William Park Lea
Ann R. Lea
Susan Jane Lea
Luke Lea, Jr.
Lea was born in Surry County, North Carolina, the son of the Reverend Luke and Elisabeth Wilson Lea. He moved with his parents in 1790 into what would become Hawkins County, Tennessee. He attended the common school, and as a young man he was a clerk for the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1804 to 1806. He married Susan Wells McCormick on February 28, 1816, and they had nine children. He was also the great-grandfather of Luke Lea, founder of the Nashville Tennessean newspaper and a U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1911 to 1917.
Lea was elected as a Jacksonian to the 23rd Congress and re-elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the 24th Congress. He served from March 4, 1833 to March 3, 1837. He changed parties for his second term from Democratic to Whig. He then served as Tennessee Secretary of State from 1837 to 1839.
Thrown from his horse on his way back to his residence near Fort Leavenworth, Lea died on June 17, 1851 (age 68 years, 147 days). He was first interred at Westport Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri; and is finally interred at Union Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri. Lea was the brother of Pryor Lea, a two-term Tennessee Congressman (1827–1831), who was later a Texas state senator and a prominent Confederate supporter in Texas.
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