CHURCHWELL, William Montgomery

1826–1862

Biography

CHURCHWELL, William Montgomery, a Representative from Tennessee; born near Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., February 20, 1826; attended private schools and Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., 1840-1843; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Knoxville; one of the judges for Knox County; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Thirty-third Congress); provost marshal for the district of east Tennessee; during the administration of President Buchanan was sent on a secret mission to Mexico; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as colonel of the Fourth Tennessee Regiment; died in Knoxville, Tenn., August 18, 1862; interment in the Old Gray Cemetery.

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

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Churchwell, Wm. M. (William Montgomery). United States mail transportation bill. Remarks of Hon. W.M. Churchwell, of Tennessee, on the bill to provide for transportation of United States ocean mails, according to time: Delivered in the House of Representatives, April 6th, 7th, and 12th, 1854. Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, 1854.

Turner, Ruth O. "The Public Career of William Montgomery Churchwell." Master's thesis, University of Tennessee, 1954.

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