Howell Edmunds JACKSON, Congress, TN (1832-1895)

Senate Years of Service:

JACKSON, Howell Edmunds, a Senator from Tennessee; born in Paris, Henry County, Tenn., April 8, 1832; moved with his parents to Jackson, Tenn., in 1840; pursued classical studies and graduated from West Tennessee College in 1849, from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1854, and from the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1856; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Jackson; moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1859 and engaged in the practice of law; served the Confederacy as receiver of sequestered property; returned to Jackson in 1874 and served on the court of arbitration for west Tennessee by appointment on two occasions; member, State house of representatives 1880; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1881, until April 14, 1886, when he resigned to accept the appointment of United States circuit judge for the sixth Federal circuit 1886-1893; appointed Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lucius Q.C. Lamar; took his seat March 4, 1893, and served until his death in West Meade, Tenn., August 8, 1895; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.


Dictionary of American Biography; Hardaway, Roger D. “Howell Edmunds Jackson: Tennessee Legislator and Jurist.” West Tennessee Historical Society Papers 30 (1976): 104-19; U.S. Supreme Court. In Memoriam. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1895.

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