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William Montgomery CHURCHWELL

(1826-1862)

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.

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

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