BROWNLOW, Walter Preston

BROWNLOW, Walter Preston
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BROWNLOW, Walter Preston, (nephew of William Gannaway Brownlow), a Representative and Doorkeeper from Tennessee; born in Abingdon, Washington County, Va., March 27, 1851; attended the common schools; employed as a telegraph messenger boy when only ten years of age; became an apprentice in the tinning business at the age of fourteen and later became a locomotive engineer; entered upon newspaper work as a reporter for the Knoxville Whig and Chronicle in 1876; in the same year purchased the Herald and Tribune in Jonesboro, Tenn.; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1880, 1884, 1896, 1900, and 1904; appointed postmaster at Jonesboro in March 1881; elected Doorkeeper of the United States House of Representatives for the Forty-seventh Congress (December 5, 1881–December 4, 1883); member of the Republican National Committee in 1884, 1896, and 1900; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his death on July 8, 1910 (March 4, 1897-July 8, 1910); member of the Board of Managers for the National Soldiers' Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1902-1910; died at the National Soldiers' Home, Johnson City, Washington County, Tenn., July 8, 1910; interment in the Soldiers' Home Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Knox County Public Library
C.M. McClung Historical Collection

Knoxville, TN
Papers: 1882-1894, 1 box. The papers of Walter Preston Brownlow contain personal and political correspondence (chiefly Aug.-Oct. 1893), together with primary election returns (1884) from Grainger and Hamblen Counties, Tennessee.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Beeson, Helen S. "Walter P. Brownlow, Republican." Masters thesis, East Tennessee State University, 1967.

Brownlow, Walter Preston. Address of Hon. W.P. Brownlow to the voters of the First Congressional District of Tennessee. N.p., 1908.

------. "Civil-service reform." Washington: Government Printing Office, 1898.

------. Four years of the Wilson-Gorman tariff bill. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1897.

United States. Congress (61st, 3d session: 1910-1911). Walter P. Brownlow (late a Representative from Tennessee); memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States, Sixty-first Congress, third session. Proceedings in the House, February 19, 1911. Proceedings in the Senate, December 6, 1910. Compiled under the direction of the Joint Commission on Printing. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1911.

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