William Tecumsah Avery
|William Tecumsah Avery|
|United States Representative|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 10th district
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1861
November 11, 1819|
Hardeman County, Tennessee
|Died||May 20, 1880
Crittenden County, Arkansas
|Spouse(s)||Emma Chastelette Jones Avery|
|Children||William Thomas AVERY II
Harry Edwin AVERY
Emma Blythe AVERY
|Alma mater||Jackson College|
Avery was born in Hardeman County, Tennessee on November 11, 1819, the son of Nathan and Rebecca Jones Rivers Avery. He attended the common schools, graduated from old Jackson College near Columbia, Tennessee in Maury County. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1840 and engaged in the practice of law.He married Emma Chastelette Jones in December of 1852. They had three children, William Thomas, Harry Edwin, and Emma Blythe.
In 1843, Avery was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congress. He served from March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1861, but he was not a candidate for renomination in 1860.
During the Civil War, Avery served as a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate Army. He was a clerk of the criminal court of Shelby County from 1870 to 1874. He resumed the practice of law in Memphis, Tennessee.
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