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Samuel Mayes ARNELL

(1833-1903)

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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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