Samuel McClary Fite

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Samuel McClary Fite
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – October 23, 1875 (death)
Personal details
Born (1816-06-12)June 12, 1816
Smith County, Tennessee
Died October 23, 1875(1875-10-23) (aged 59)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Political party Democrat


Spouse(s) Catherine Isabella Wilson Fite
Children Josephine Rowena Fite

Catherine McClary Fite

Alberta Beard Fite

Alma mater Clinton College
Profession lawyer



Religion Methodist

Samuel McClary Fite (June 12, 1816 – October 23, 1875) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 4th congressional district.


Samuel McClary Fite was born the son of Jacob and Matilda M. Fite on June 12, 1816 near Alexandria, Tennessee in Smith County. He attended the common and private schools and graduated from Clinton College in Tennessee. Fite studied law in Lebanon, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Carthage, Tennessee. He married Catherine Isabella Wilson on September 5, 1855, and they had three daughters, Josephine Rowena, Catherine McClary, and Alberta Beard.[1]


By 1850, Fite was a member of the Tennessee Senate. In 1852 at the age of 36, he was placed on the Whig ticket as a presidential elector. From 1858 to 1861, he was a judge of the sixth judicial district. Upon suspension of the court during the war, he resumed the practice of law in Carthage, Tennessee. He was appointed on July 24, 1869 to be the judge of the sixth judicial district to fill a vacancy. He was elected to the same position on January 8, 1870, and he served until 1874.[2]

In 1875, Fite was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John W. Head. He served from March 4, 1875[3] until his death, before the assembling of Congress.


Fite died at a sanitarium in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 23, 1875, (age 59 years, 133 days) and was interred at Carthage Cemetery in Carthage, Tennessee. He was then reinterred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee in 1908.[4]


  1. ^ Samuel McClary Fite. The biographical and genealogical records of the Fite families in the United States. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Samuel McClary Fite". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Samuel McClary Fite". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Samuel McClary Fite". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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