Thomas B. Turley

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Thomas Battle Turley
Thomas B. Turley.jpg
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
July 20, 1897 – March 3, 1901
Preceded by Isham G. Harris
Succeeded by Edward W. Carmack
Personal details
Born (1845-04-05)April 5, 1845
Memphis, Tennessee
Died July 1, 1910(1910-07-01) (aged 65)
Memphis, Tennessee
Political party Democratic

Thomas Battle Turley (April 5, 1845 – July 1, 1910) was a Tennessee attorney who served as a Democratic United States Senator from 1897 to 1901.

Turley was born in Memphis and attended public schools and was a private in the Confederate Army throughout the Civil War, spending part of that conflict as a prisoner of war. Upon its conclusion he attended the University of Virginia law school in Charlottesville, Virginia, completing his studies in 1867. In 1870 he was admitted to the Tennessee bar and began practicing in Memphis. A prominent attorney, upon the death in office of Senator Isham G. Harris, Turley was appointed by governor of Tennessee Robert L. Taylor to the vacancy. He was subsequently elected to the balance of the term by the Tennessee General Assembly.

Turley declined to stand for any further service in the Senate once the balance of the term to which Harris had initially been elected had expired, serving in the Senate from July 20, 1897 to March 3, 1901. He returned to his Memphis law practice until shortly before his death in 1910. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, the final resting place of many West Tennessee political figures.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Isham G. Harris
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Tennessee
Served alongside: William B. Bate
Succeeded by
Edward W. Carmack