Samuel Powell

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Samuel Powell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Preceded byJohn Rhea
Succeeded byJohn Rhea
Personal details
Born(1776-07-10)July 10, 1776
Norristown, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 2, 1841(1841-08-02) (aged 65)
Rogersville, Tennessee
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Mary Rutledge Powell
ChildrenGeorge Rutledge Powel

Robert Davis Powel

Samuel Jackson Powel
Alma materPhiladelphia College




Samuel Powell (July 10, 1776 – August 2, 1841), was an American politician who represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives.


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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Powell was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourteenth Congress, which lasted from March 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817.[4] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1816.[2]

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.


Powell died in Rogersville, Tennessee, on August 2, 1841 at age 65, and is interred at the Old Presbyterian Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ "Samuel Powell". Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Bio". US Congress.
  3. ^ Oliver Perry Temple, Notable Men of Tennessee (Cosmopolitan Press, 1912), p. 159.
  4. ^ "Samuel Powell". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Samuel Powell". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 11 February 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Rhea
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John Rhea