William Cullom

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William Cullom
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Personal details
Born (1810-06-04)June 4, 1810
Wayne County
Died December 6, 1896(1896-12-06) (aged 86)
Clinton, Tennessee
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Virginia Ingram Cullom

Mary Griffith Cullom

Children Marietta Cullom

Virginia Cullom

Cornelius Perry Cullom

Ella Cullom

Leslie Cullom

Minnie Cullom

Florence Cullom

Clara Cullom

Albert Cullom

Sidney Johnston Cullom

William Cullom

Ella Cullom

Rosa May Cullom

Cora Henderson Cullom

Profession lawyer

politician

Religion Methodist

Catholic

William Cullom was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives.[1]

Biography[edit]

Cullom was born on June 4, 1810 near Monticello, Kentucky in Wayne County. He attended the public schools and studied law in Lexington, Kentucky. He was admitted to the bar, and he practiced in the courts of Kentucky and Tennessee. He moved to Carthage, Tennessee and served as a member of the Tennessee State Senate from 1843 to 1847.

Career[edit]

Elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress by Tennessee's 8th congressional district, and to the Thirty-third Congress by Tennessee's 4th congressional district, served from March 4, 1851 to March 3, 1855.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress.

Cullom was appointed the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives in the Thirty-fourth Congress, and he served from February 4, 1856 to December 6, 1857. During the debate on secession Cullom stumped Tennessee in favor of remaining in the Union but when Tennessee finally seceded, he grudgingly supported the decision but retired to his home at Carthage and did not take a prominent role supporting either side. Both sides viewed his actions with much distrust thinking he was supporting the other. After the war, he was divorced from his first wife, Virginia Ingram Cullom, and remarried to Marrietta Griffin.[3]

Appointed Attorney General for the 16th Judicial Circuit in 1873, Cullom also served as Judge in Clinton for several years He resumed the practice of law and was the attorney general for the sixteenth district from 1873 to 1878.[4]

Death[edit]

Cullom died in Clinton, Tennessee on December 6, 1896 (age 86 years, 185 days). He was interred at McAdoo Cemetery in Clinton, Tennessee, and later reinterred at Mount Olivet Cemetery at Chattanooga, Tennessee.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/culler-culpepper.html
  2. ^ "William Cullom". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "William Cullom". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "William Cullom". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "William Cullom". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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