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Newton CANNON

(1781-1841)

CANNON, Newton, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Guilford County, N.C., May 22, 1781; attended the common schools; moved to Tennessee at an early period and settled near Nashville, Williamson County; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1811 and 1812; enlisted in the War of 1812 and became colonel of a regiment of Tennessee Mounted Rifles; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Felix Grundy; reelected to the Fourteenth Congress and served from September 16, 1814, to March 3, 1817; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Fourteenth Congress); appointed by President Monroe a commissioner to negotiate a treaty with the Chickasaw Indians in 1819; elected to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1823); resumed agricultural pursuits; Governor of Tennessee 1835-1839; died in Nashville, September 16, 1841; interment in a cemetery on his estate near Allisona, Williamson County, Tenn.

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

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