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Thomas Battle TURLEY

(1845-1910)
Senate Years of Service:
1897-1901
Party:
Democrat

TURLEY, Thomas Battle, a Senator from Tennessee; born in Memphis, Tenn., April 5, 1845; attended the public schools; served throughout the Civil War as a private in the Confederate Army; graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1867; admitted to the bar in 1870 and commenced practice in Memphis, Tenn.; appointed as a Democrat and subsequently elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Isham G. Harris and served from July 20, 1897, to March 3, 1901; declined to be a candidate for renomination and resumed the practice of law in Memphis, Tenn.; died in Memphis, Tenn., July 1, 1910; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

Bibliography

McKellar, Kenneth. “Thomas Battle Turley,” in Tennessee Senators as Seen by One of Their Successors. Kingsport, Tenn.: Southern Publishers, Inc., 1942, 442-460; Turley, Thomas B. A Narrative of His Capture and Imprisonment During the War Between the States by Private Thomas Battle Turley, C.S.A. Memphis: Southwestern at Memphis, 1961.

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

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