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ARNOLD, Thomas Dickens

1798–1870

Biography

ARNOLD, Thomas Dickens, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Spotsylvania County, Va., May 3, 1798; moved with his parents to Knox County, Tenn., in 1808; was tutored privately; at the age of fourteen enlisted as a drummer boy in the War of 1812; taught school in Knox and Grainger Counties; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Knoxville, Tenn.; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); an attempt was made by Morgan A. Heard to assassinate him on May 14, 1832, as he descended the west steps of the Capitol; was made brigadier general of the Tennessee Militia in 1836; moved to Greeneville, Tenn.; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); chairman, Committee on Claims (Twenty-seventh Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the Twenty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Greeneville; died while attending court in Jonesboro, Washington County, Tenn., May 26, 1870; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Greeneville, Tenn.

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

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External Research Collections

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: August 28, 1829; January 15, 1830. 2 letters. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Arnold, Thomas Dickens. Speech of Mr. Arnold, of Tennessee, in committee of the whole, in favor of "American industry." Washington [D.C.]: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1833.

------. Thomas D. Arnold, to the freemen of the counties of Cocke, Sevier, Jefferson, Grainger, Claiborne, Knox, and Blount. [1827]. Reprint, [Knoxville, Tenn., 1829].

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