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Parry Wayne HUMPHREYS

(1778-1839)

HUMPHREYS, Parry Wayne, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Staunton, Va., in 1778; moved with his family to Kentucky in 1789 and later settled in Tennessee; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced practice in Nashville, Tenn.; judge of the superior court of Tennessee 1807-1809; judge of the State judicial circuit 1809-1813; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1817; again judge of the State judicial circuit 1818-1836; moved to Hernando, De Soto County, Miss., and engaged in banking until his death there February 12, 1839; interment in the Methodist Cemetery.

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

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