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ARNELL, Samuel Mayes

1833–1903

Biography

ARNELL, Samuel Mayes, a Representative from Tennessee; born at Zion Settlement, near Columbia, Maury County, Tenn., May 3, 1833; attended Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Columbia; member of the constitutional convention of Tennessee in 1865; served in the State house of representatives in 1865 and 1866; upon the readmission of the State of Tennessee to representation was elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-ninth Congress; reelected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses and served from July 24, 1866, to March 3, 1871; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Fortieth Congress), Committee on Education and Labor (Forty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1870; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; returned to Columbia, Tenn.; postmaster of Columbia 1879-1884; superintendent of schools 1884-1886; died in Johnson City, Washington County, Tenn., July 20, 1903; interment in Monte Vista Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Tennessee Libraries
Special Collections

Knoxville, TN
Papers: 1864-1937, 3 linear feet. The correspondence in the Samuel Mayes Arnell Collection is primarily from family, friends, or law associates although there is one letter of special interest confirming Arnell's Union loyalties. They span the years from September 12, 1864 to July 13, 1937. Diaries, journals, ledgers, etc. contained in this collection cover the years 1873 to 1903. They are mostly Samuel Arnell's accounts but Mrs Arnell's diary is included. Notes, memorandums, and compositions are combined in many of the diaries. The historical manuscripts include notes on a history of Tennessee, notes on a biography of William Brownlow, and a manuscript on the Zion Church and Community. The accounts of historical events contain an account of a raid led under General Stoneman, Mrs. Arnell's account of Hood's Raid and the damage to their home and themselves, a statement of some men whose orders were to burn the Union Depot in Sullivan County, and the account of a march to King's Mountain. The financial and legal papers contain deeds, abstracts of title, leases, statements, etc. There are many photographs included of people and places in Tennessee that were of interest to Samuel Arnell. Newspaper clippings make up the scrapbooks and there are also folders of newspaper clippings, magazine pages, and pages from various newspapers. Calling cards, souvenirs, programs, memorabilia, and etc. are included in the miscellaneous materials. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Photograph: N.d., 1 folder. This collection contains two copies of a photograph, without a date, of Samuel Mayes Arnell and his wife. Also included is a negative of the same photograph of Samuel Arnell and his wife.
Papers: In the William G. Brownlow Papers, 1848-1902, 1.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Samuel Arnell. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the Horace Maynard Collection, ca. 1828-1914, approximately 500 items. Persons represented include Samuel Arnell. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Papers: In the O.P. Temple Papers, ca. 1832-1909, 9 boxes. Persons represented include Samuel Arnell. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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