Benjamin Augustine ENLOE, Congress, TN (1848-1922)


ENLOE, Benjamin Augustine, a Representative from Tennessee; born near Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tenn., January 18, 1848; attended the public schools, Bethel College, McKenzie, Tenn., and the Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn.; while a student at the latter institution in 1869 was elected a member of the State house of representatives; reelected under the new constitution in 1870; was graduated from the law department of Cumberland University in 1872; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Jackson, Tenn.; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872; appointed a commissioner by Governor Marks in 1878 to negotiate a settlement of the State debt; served on the State executive committee 1878-1880; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; edited the Jackson Tribune and Sun 1874-1886; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Education (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; edited the Daily Sun at Nashville, Tenn., for two years; moved to Louisville, Ky., and edited the Louisville Dispatch for two years; secretary of the State fair commission and director of exhibits from Tennessee at St. Louis World’s Fair in 1903; elected railroad commissioner of Tennessee and served from 1904 until his death in Nashville, Tenn., July 8, 1922; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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