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William Claiborne DUNLAP

(1798-1872)

DUNLAP, William Claiborne, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Knoxville, Tenn., February 25, 1798; attended the Ebenezer Academy and Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn., 1813-1817; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Knoxville in 1819; served in the Indian campaign in 1818 and 1819; moved to Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn., in 1828; held a commission in the United States Volunteers in 1830; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Tennessee from 1840 to 1849, when he resigned and resumed the practice of law; member of the State senate in 1851, 1853, and 1857; served in the State house of representatives 1857-1859; died near Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., November 16, 1872; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.

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

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