|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 1st district
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
|Preceded by||John Rhea|
|Succeeded by||John Rhea|
|Born||July 10, 1776|
|Died||August 2, 1841 (aged 65)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Rutledge Powell|
|Children||George Rutledge Powel
Robert Davis PowelSamuel Jackson Powel
|Alma mater||Philadelphia College|
Powell was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, son of Judge Samuel and Mary Caidwell (Rutledge) Powell. He attended the common schools and Philadelphia College, studied law, and was admitted to bar in Norristown prior to 1800.
In 1800, Powell moved to Blountville, Tennessee, where he established the first law school in Tennessee at his home since he was new to the area and needed to establish a following. He married Mary Rutledge, daughter of General George Rutledge, a prominent citizen of Sullivan County. In 1805, he moved to Rogersville, Tennessee and practiced law. From 1807 to 1809, he served as a member of the superior court of law and equity. He was a judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee in 1812-13. He was a law mentor to future attorney and state politician John Netherland.
After departing Congress, Powell resumed the practice of law, and he was again a judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee from 1819 to 1841.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st congressional district