W. Wirt Courtney
|William Wirt Courtney|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 7th district
May 11, 1939 – January 3, 1949
|Born||September 7, 1889
|Died||April 6, 1961 (aged 71)
|Spouse(s)||Currey L. Taylor Courtney|
|Alma mater||Sorbonne, Paris, France|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||117th Infantry, 13th Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Born in Franklin, Tennessee, Courtney was the son of Wirt Courtney and Anne (Neely) Courtney. He graduated from Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, Tennessee, in 1907. He attended Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and the Faculté de Droit of the Sorbonne, Paris, France. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1911. He commenced practice in Franklin, Tennessee.
After serving as City Judge from 1915 to 1917, Courtney enlisted in the United States Army as a private in the One Hundred and Seventeenth Infantry, Thirtieth Division, in September 1917, and was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in June 1919. He resumed the practice of law in Franklin, Tennessee. He married Currey L. Taylor on December 31, 1919, and they had four children.
Courtney served as adjutant general of Tennessee in 1932, and as a member of the Tennessee National Guard in 1933 with rank of brigadier general. From 1933 to 1939, he served as circuit judge and chancellor of the Seventeenth judicial circuit of Tennessee.
Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Clarence W. Turner, Courtney was reelected to the Seventy-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served from May 11, 1939, to January 3, 1949. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1948, and resumed the practice of law.
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