William Dickson (congressman)

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William Dickson
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 1st district
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's at-large district
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 3rd district
In office
Personal details
Born May 5, 1770
Duplin County, North Carolina
Died February 21, 1816
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Polly Gray Dickson

Susannah Hickman Dickson

Children Cornelia Ann Dickson

Indiana Dickson

Florida Dickson Baldwin David Dickson

Profession Physician


Dr. William Dickson(May 5, 1770 - February 21, 1816) was a United States politician and a United States Representative for Tennessee from 1801 to 1807.


Dickson was born in Duplin County, North Carolina on May 5, 1770 and was educated at Grove Academy in Kenansville. With his parents, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1795; studied medicine, then practiced as a physician. He married Polly Gray on August 19, 1802, in Nashville. They had three daughters and one son, Cornelia Ann Dickson, Indiana Dickson, Florida Dickson Baldwin and David Dickson. His second wife was Susannah Hickman. They had no children.[1]


Dickson entered politics becoming a member of the Tennessee state house of representatives from 1799 to 1803. He served as Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.[2]

Elected as a Republican, Dickson served as a U.S. representative for Tennessee for the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Congresses from March 4, 1801, to March 3, 1807.[3] He became a friend of President Andrew Jackson during that time. He was a trustee of the University of Nashville from 1806 to 1816.


Dickson died in Nashville on February 21, 1816 (age 45 years, 292 days). He is interred at a rural cemetery in Davidson County, Tennessee, near Nashville. Dickson County in Tennessee is named after him. A cousin of Molton Dickson, he was a member of the Freemasons.[4]


  1. ^ "William Dickson". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "William Dickson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "William Dickson". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "William Dickson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. C. Claiborne
U.S. Representative from Tennessee
Succeeded by
Jesse Wharton