William Montgomery Churchwell

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William Montgomery Churchwell
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Josiah M. Anderson
Succeeded by Samuel A. Smith
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by Albert G. Watkins
Succeeded by William H. Sneed
Personal details
Born (1826-02-20)February 20, 1826
Knox County
Died August 18, 1862(1862-08-18) (aged 36)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Martha Eleanor Deery Churchwell
Alma mater Emory and Henry College, Virginia
Profession lawyer

politician

judge

ambassador

William Montgomery Churchwell was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Biography[edit]

Churchwell was born near Knoxville, Tennessee in Knox County on February 20, 1826. He attended private schools and Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia from 1840 to 1843. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Knoxville.[1] He married Martha Eleanor Deery.

Career[edit]

Churchwell served as one of the judges for Knox County. He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress by Tennessee's 2nd congressional district, and then by Tennessee's 3rd congressional district to the Thirty-third Congress after Tennessee had lost a district through reapportionment. He served from March 4, 1851 to March 3, 1853 for the third district, and from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1855.[2] During the Thirty-third Congress, he was the chairman of the United States House Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary War Claims.

Churchwell was later a provost marshal for the district of east Tennessee. During the administration of President Buchanan, he was sent on a secret mission to Mexico. He served in the Confederate Army as a lieutenant colonel of the Fourth Tennessee Regiment during the Civil War.

Death[edit]

Churchwell died in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 18, 1862 (age 36 years, 179 days). He is interred at Old Gray Cemetery.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Montgomery Churchwell". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "William Montgomery Churchwell". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "William Montgomery Churchwell". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Forsyth Jr.
U.S. Minister to Mexico
1858
Succeeded by
Alfred Mordecai