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AVERY, William Tecumsah

1819–1880

Biography

AVERY, William Tecumsah, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Hardeman County, Tenn., November 11, 1819; attended the common schools and was graduated from old Jackson College near Columbia, Maury County, Tenn.; studied law; was admitted to the bar; moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1840 and engaged in the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1843; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; during the Civil War served as lieutenant colonel in the Confederate Army; clerk of the criminal court of Shelby County 1870-1874; resumed the practice of law in Memphis, Tenn.; accidentally drowned in Ten Mile Bayou, Crittenden County, Ark., opposite Memphis, Tenn., May 22, 1880; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.

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

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1850-1870, 62 letters. The letters are from William T. Avery, chiefly to his wife, during the period while he was serving in Congress containing comments on Washington, D.C., social life, the business of the House, and the 1860 Democratic conventions in Charleston and Baltimore.

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Nashville, TN
Papers: In papers of George Washington Gordon and William Tecumsah Avery, 1791-1946. ca. 2,500 items. Microfilm of originals in private hands. Unpublished finding aid in repository.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1852, 1 item. A letter from William T. Avery to John Reuben Thompson written on June 17, 1852. In the letter, William Avery reports that "Miss Smith" does not desire to have a biography published. He encloses some of her work for John Thompson.
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