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David Alexander NUNN

(1833-1918)

NUNN, David Alexander, a Representative from Tennessee; born near Brownsville, Haywood County, Tenn., July 26, 1833; attended private schools and the West Tennessee College at Jackson, Tenn.; studied law; graduated from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1853; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Brownsville; presidential elector on the Constitutional Union ticket in 1860 and on the Republican ticket in 1864; member of the State house of representatives, 1865-1867; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); unsuccessful Independent Republican candidate for reelection in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; appointed by President Grant as Minister Resident to Ecuador April 21, 1869; resigned November 2, 1869; elected to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; secretary of state of Tennessee 1881-1885; appointed by President McKinley collector of internal revenue at Nashville, Tenn., July 20, 1897, and served until his resignation January 17, 1902; retired to private life; died in Brownsville, Tenn., September 11, 1918; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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