List of Speakers of the Tennessee House of Representatives

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The Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The speaker is elected by other members of the House for a two-year term. The incumbent is Beth Harwell (R).

Speakers of the Tennessee House of Representatives[1]
Name Term Party Life Notes
David Wilson 1794–1795 c. 1752–1803 Speaker of the Southwest Territory House of Representatives
Joseph Hardin 1795–1796 1734–1801 Speaker of the Southwest Territory House of Representatives
James Stuart 1796–1799 c. 1751–1816
William Dickson 1799–1803 Democratic-Republican 1770–1816
James Stuart 1803–1805 c. 1751–1816
Robert Coleman Foster 1805–1807 1769–1844
John Tipton 1807–1809 c. 1741–1827
Joseph Dickson 1809–1811 Federalist 1745–1825
John Cocke 1811–1813 Democratic-Republican 1772–1854
Thomas Claiborne 1813–1815 Democratic 1780–1856
James Fentress 1815–1817 Democratic 1763–1843
Thomas Williamson 1817–1819 1767–1825
James Fentress 1819–1825 Democratic 1763–1843
William Brady 1825–1827 d. 1835
John H. Camp 1827–1829 1783–1829
Ephraim H. Foster 1829–1831 1794–1854
Frederick W. Huling 1831–1835 Democratic
Ephraim H. Foster 1835–1837 Whig 1794–1854
John Cocke 1837–1839 Whig 1772–1854
Jonas E. Thomas 1839–1841 Democratic 1803–1856
Burchet Douglass 1841–1842 Whig 1793–1849
Franklin Buchanan 1842–1843 Whig c. 1813–1851
Daniel L. Barringer 1843–1845 Whig 1788–1852
Brookins Campbell 1845–1847 Democratic 1808–1853
Franklin Buchanan 1847–1849 Whig c. 1813–1851
Landon Carter Haynes 1849–1851 Democratic 1816–1875
Jordan Stokes 1851–1853 Whig 1817–1886
William H. Wisener 1853–1855 Whig 1812–1882
Neill S. Brown 1855–1857 Whig 1818–1878
Daniel S. Donelson 1857–1859 Democratic 1801–1863
Washington C. Whitthorne 1859–1861 Democratic 1825–1891
Edwin A. Keeble 1861–1862 Democratic 1807–1868 The state government was replaced by a military government in 1862
William Heiskell 1865–1867 Conservative Republican 1788–1871 Confusion over apparent resignation in July 1866 for refusing to sign the 14th Amendment
F.S. Richardson 1867–1869 Radical Republican
William O'Neal Perkins 1869–1871 Conservative Republican 1815–1895
James D. Richardson 1871–1873 Democratic 1843–1914 New state constitution adopted in 1870
William S. McGaughey 1873–1875 Democratic 1821–1889
Lewis Bond 1875–1877 Democratic 1839–1878
Edwin T. Taliaferro 1877–1879 Democratic 1849–1919
Henry P. Fowlkes 1879–1881 Democratic 1843–1817
Henry B. Ramsey 1881–1883 Republican 1847–1897
Washington L. Ledgerwood 1883–1885 Democratic 1843–1911
James A. Manson 1885–1887 Democratic 1842–1901
Walter L. Clapp 1887–1891 Democratic 1850–1901
Thomas R. Myers 1891–1893 Democratic 1840–1919
Ralph Davis 1893 Democratic 1866–1952
Julius A. Trousdale 1893–1895 Democratic 1840–1899
John A. Tipton 1895–1897 Democratic 1858–1925
Morgan C. Fitzpatrick 1897–1899 Democratic 1868–1908
Joseph W. Byrns 1899–1901 Democratic 1869–1936
Edgar B. Wilson 1901–1903 Democratic 1874–1953
Lawrence Tyson 1903–1905 Democratic 1861–1929
William K. Abernathy 1905–1907 Democratic 1870–1940
John T. Cunningham 1907–1909 Democratic 1877–1945
Matthew H. Taylor 1909–1911 Democratic 1884–1965
Albert M. Leach 1911–1913 Democratic 1859–1926
William M. Stanton 1913–1915 Democratic 1890–1957
William P. Cooper 1915–1917 Democratic 1870–1961
Clyde Shropshire 1917–1919 Democratic 1866–1949
Seth M. Walker 1919–1921 Democratic 1892–1951
Andrew L. Todd Sr. 1921–1923 Democratic 1872–1945
Frank S. Hall 1923–1925 Democratic 1890–1958
William F. Barry 1925–1927 Democratic 1900–1967
Selden Maiden 1927–1929 Democratic 1883–1949
Charles H. Love 1929–1931 Democratic 1874–1950
Walter M. Haynes 1931–1933 Democratic 1897–1967
Frank W. Moore 1933–1935 Democratic 1905–1982
Walter M. Haynes 1935–1939 Democratic 1897–1967
John Ed O'Dell 1939–1943 Democratic 1906–1956
James J. Broome 1943–1945 Democratic 1884–1952
George Woods 1945–1947 Democratic 1913–1982
William Buford Lewallen 1947–1949 Democratic 1920–2003
McAllen Foutch 1949–1953 Democratic 1909–1996
James L. Bomar 1953–1963 Democratic 1914–2001
William L. Barry 1963–1967 Democratic 1926–2013
James H. Cummings 1967–1969 Democratic 1890–1979
Bill Jenkins 1969–1971 Republican 1936–
James R. McKinney 1971–1973 Democratic 1931–1992
Ned McWherter 1973–1987 Democratic 1930–2011
Ed Murray 1987–1991 Democratic 1928–2009
Jimmy Naifeh 1991–2009 Democratic 1939–
Kent Williams 2009–2011 Republican 1949–
Beth Harwell 2011– Republican 1957–

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