Lewis Tillman

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Lewis Tillman
Lewis Tillman - Brady-Handy.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Preceded by James Mullins
Succeeded by John M. Bright
Personal details
Born (1816-08-18)August 18, 1816
Shelbyville, Tennessee
Died May 3, 1886(1886-05-03) (aged 69)
Shelbyville, Tennessee
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Catherine Davidson Tillman
Children Mary Catherine Tillman, John Marshall Tillman
Profession soldier, farmer, newspaper editor

Lewis Tillman (August 18, 1816 – May 3, 1886) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 4th congressional district of Tennessee.


Tillman was born near Shelbyville, Tennessee in Bedford County. He attended the common schools and pursued an academic course.


Tillman served in the Seminole War as a private and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a circuit court clerk of Bedford County from 1852 to 1860. He was a colonel of the state militia before the Civil War and the editor of a newspaper in Shelbyville. From 1865 to 1869, he was a clerk and master of the chancery court.[1]

Elected as a member of the Republican Party to the Forty-first Congress, Tillman served from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1871,[2] but was not a candidate for renomination in 1870. He returned to agricultural pursuits.


Tillman died in Shelbyville on May 3, 1886. He was interred in Willow Mount Cemetery. His uncle, Barclay Martin, also served as a U.S. congressman.[3]


  1. ^ "Lewis Tillman". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lewis Tillman". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lewis Tillman". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Mullins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1869 - March 3, 1871
Succeeded by
John M. Bright