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Edward Ward CARMACK

(1858-1908)
Senate Years of Service:
1901-1907
Party:
Democrat

CARMACK, Edward Ward, a Representative and a Senator from Tennessee; born near Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tenn., November 5, 1858; attended Webb’s School, Culleoka, Tenn.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1879 and practiced in Columbia, Tenn.; city attorney of Columbia 1881; elected to the State house of representatives 1884; joined the staff of the Nashville Democrat in 1888; editor in chief of the Nashville American when the papers were merged; editor of the Memphis Commercial in 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901); elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1901, to March 3, 1907; unsuccessful candidate in 1906 for reelection; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for nomination as Governor in 1908; resumed editorship of the Nashville American; died in a gun fight in Nashville, Tenn., November 9, 1908; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Columbia, Tenn.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Faries, Clyde J. “Carmack Versus Patterson: The Genesis of a Political Feud.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 38 (Fall 1979): 332-47; Majors, William. Editorial Wild Oats: Edward Carmack and Tennessee Politics. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1984.

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

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