Parry Wayne Humphreys

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Parry Wayne Humphreys
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by James B. Reynolds
Personal details
Born 1778
Staunton, Virginia
Died February 12, 1839
Hernando, Mississippi
Political party Democratic-Republican

Parry Wayne Humphreys (1778 – February 12, 1839) was an American politician who represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives.


Humphreys was born in Staunton, Virginia, but moved with his family to Kentucky in 1789, and later settled in Tennessee. After he finished preparatory studies, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1801.


Humphreys opened his practice in Nashville, Tennessee. He was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1805 and the Tennessee Senate in 1807. He was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee from 1807 to 1809 and a judge of the State judicial circuit from 1809 to 1813.[1]

Elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Thirteenth Congress, Humphreys served from March 4, 1813 to March 3, 1815.[2] In 1817 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate. He again served as a judge on the State judicial circuit from 1818 to 1836. Humphreys County, Tennessee is named for him.[3]


Humphreys moved to Hernando, Mississippi and engaged in banking there until his death on February 12, 1839, at about 61 years. He is interred at Methodist Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "Parry Wayne Humphreys". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Parry Wayne Humphreys". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Parry Wayne Humphreys". Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Parry Wayne Humphreys". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 

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

Succeeded by
James B. Reynolds