Nathan W. Hale

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Nathan Wesley Hale
Hale, photographed by Harris & Ewing
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1909
Preceded by Henry R. Gibson
Succeeded by Richard W. Austin
Member of the Tennessee Senate
In office
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born February 11, 1860 (1860-02-11)
Scott County, Virginia
Died September 16, 1941 (1941-09-17) (aged 81)
Alhambra, California
Resting place Rose Hills Memorial Park
Whittier, California[1]
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laura Adelaide (Sebastian) Hale
Children 5
Profession Nurseryman, entrepreneur

Nathan Wesley Hale (February 11, 1860 – September 16, 1941) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 2nd congressional district of Tennessee.


Born on February 11, 1860 near Gate City, Virginia in Scott County, Hale was the son of Drayton Smithton and Ruth C. Frazier Hale. He attended the common schools of Nicholasville, Virginia and Kingsley Academy near Kingsport, Tennessee.


Hale taught school at Hale's Mill, Virginia in 1876. He moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1878 and engaged in the nursery business as well as the wholesale dry goods business, banking, and farming. He married Laura Adelaide Sebastian in 1890, and they had five children.[2] He served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1891 to 1893. He was a member of the Tennessee Senate from 1893 to 1895. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in 1902 as a Representative to the Fifty-eighth Congress.[3]

Elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses, Hale served from March 4, 1905 to March 3, 1909.[4] He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress.

Hale was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908 and a member of the Republican National Committee from 1908 to 1912. In 1909, he moved to Los Angeles, California and engaged in the oil and real estate business until his death.


On September 16, 1941, Hale died in Alhambra, California at age 81 years, 217 days. He is interred at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.[5]


  1. ^ Nathan W. Hale at Find a Grave
  2. ^ "Nathan W. Hale". The Family Pursuit Community Tree. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nathan W. Hale". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nathan W. Hale". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nathan W. Hale". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry R. Gibson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Richard W. Austin