Samuel POWELL, Congress, TN (1776-1841)


POWELL, Samuel, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pa., July 10, 1776; attended the common schools and Philadelphia (Pa.) College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Norristown, Pa., prior to 1800; moved to Blountville, Sullivan County, Tenn., in 1800; established the first law school in Tennessee at his home; moved to Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tenn., in 1805 and practiced law; member of the superior court of law and equity 1807-1809; judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee in 1812 and 1813; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); was not a candidate for renomination in 1816; resumed the practice of law; again judge of the first circuit court 1819-1841; died in Rogersville, Tenn., August 2, 1841; interment in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery.

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