Joseph E. Washington

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Joseph Edwin Washington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1897
Preceded by Andrew J. Caldwell
Succeeded by John W. Gaines
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born November 10, 1851 (1851-11-10)
Robertson County
Died August 28, 1915 (1915-08-29) (aged 63)
Robertson County
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Bolling Kemp Washington

George Augustine Washington Anne Bolling Washington Blagden

Joseph Edwin Washington

Elizabeth Wyndham Washington
Alma mater

Georgetown College

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Attorney politician


railroad director

Joseph Edwin Washington (November 10, 1851 – August 28, 1915) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 6th congressional district of Tennessee.


Washington was born on November 10, 1851 on the family homestead, "Wessyngton," near Cedar Hill, Tennessee in Robertson County. He received his early instruction at home and graduated from Georgetown College in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 1873. He studied law with the first law class organized at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1874. He was admitted to the bar, but never practiced, and he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He married Mary Bolling Kemp and they had four children, George, Anne, Joseph, and Elizabeth.[1]


From 1877 to 1879 Washington was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and the four succeeding Congresses. He served from March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1897,[2] but he was not a candidate for renomination in 1896. He was the chairman of the United States House Committee on Territories during the Fifty-second Congress.

Appointed road commissioner, Washington had charge of road construction work of Robertson County. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Vanderbilt University and a director of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis and Nashville & Decatur Railroads. He resumed agricultural pursuits upon the family homestead, "Wessyngton," in Robertson County, Tennessee.[3]


Washington died on August 28, 1915, (aged 63) on the family estate. He is interred at the family burying ground on his estate.[4]


  1. ^ "Joseph E. Washington". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Joseph E. Washington". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Joseph E. Washington". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Joseph E. Washington". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Andrew J. Caldwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
John W. Gaines