James Minor QUARLES, Congress, TN (1823-1901)


QUARLES, James Minor, a Representative from Tennessee; born near Louisa Court House, Louisa County, Va., February 8, 1823; attended the common schools; in 1833 moved to Kentucky with his father who settled in Christian County; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Clarksville, Tenn.; elected attorney general for the tenth judicial circuit in 1853 and served until 1859, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); resumed the practice of law; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army in the brigade of his brother, Brig. Gen. W.A. Quarles, until the close of the war; moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1872 and continued the practice of law; elected judge of the criminal court in 1878 and served until 1882, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law; died in Nashville, Tenn., March 3, 1901; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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