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ETHERIDGE, Emerson, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Currituck, Currituck County, N.C., September 18, 1819; moved with his parents to Tennessee in 1831; completed preparatory studies; studied law, admitted to the bar in 1840, and commenced practice in Dresden, Tenn.; member of the Tennessee state house of representatives, 1845–1847; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and as the candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853–March 3, 1857); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; elected to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859–March 3, 1861); chair, Committee on Indian Affairs (Thirty-sixth Congress); elected Clerk of the United States House of Representatives for the Thirty-seventh Congress (July 4, 1861–December 8, 1863); member of the Tennessee state senate, 1869–1870; unsuccessful candidate for governor of Tennessee in 1867; surveyor of customs in Memphis, Tenn., 1891–1894; died on October 21, 1902, in Dresden, Tenn.; interment in Mount Vernon Cemetery, near Sharon, Tenn.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: In the John Wien Forney Papers, 1863, 1 item. A letter from John Wien Forney to William Pitt written on November 10, 1863 concerning Emerson Etheridge's "attempt to cheat us in the organization of the House."
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Belz, Herman. "Etheridge Conspiracy of 1863: A Projected Conservative Coup." Journal of Southern History 36 (November 1970): 549-67.

Maness, Lonnie E. "Emerson Etheridge and the Union." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 49 (Summer 1989): 97- 110.

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