Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson
name=Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson
district=1st & 4th
National Union Party
March 4, 1859– March 3, 1861
Prisoner of War during 37th U.S. Congress
Albert Galiton Watkins William Brickly Stokes
George Washington Bridges
date of birth=birth date|1812|3|19|mf=y
place of birth=
Kingston, Tennessee, U.S.
date of death=death date and age|1873|8|24|1812|3|19|mf=y
place of death=
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Politician, Lawyer, Judge
Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson (
March 19, 1812– August 24, 1873) was an American politicianand a member of the United States House of Representativesfrom Tennessee. He was born in Kingston, Tennesseein Roane County. He completed preparatory studies and graduated from East Tennessee College (now the University of Tennessee at Knoxville) in 1828. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1852, and commenced practice in Washington County, Tennessee.
He served two terms as
attorney generalof the first judicial circuit. He was appointed commissioner (diplomatic) to Chinaon March 6, 1851. He resigned on July 2, 1851. He was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1859to March 3, 1861. He was re-elected to the Thirty-seventh Congress, but while en route to Washington to take his seat, during the Civil War, he was arrested by Confederate scouts. He was conveyed to Richmond as a prisoner, paroled, and allowed to return to his home.
Upon the advent of the
Union Armyinto East Tennesseein 1863, he moved to Knoxville. He was a delegate to the National Union Conventionheld at Philadelphiain 1866 and to the Democratic National Conventionin 1868. He was one of the counsel that defended President Andrew Johnsonin his impeachment trial in 1868. He was elected a justice of the Tennessee Supreme Courtin 1870 and served until his resignation in 1871. He died in Knoxville, Tennesseeand was interned there at Old Gray Cemetery next to his second wife in an unmarked grave.
On Sept 27, 1871 his son shot and killed ex-CSA Brigadier General
James Holt Clanton[ [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8757 Find a grave] ] in Knoxville, Tennessee.
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6912607 Nelson] , at Find A Grave
Albert Galiton Watkins
George Washington Bridges
March 4, 1859– March 3, 1861USRepSuccessionBox
William Brickly Stokes
years="never served" (1)s-ref|Nelson was captured by Confederate scouts and was imprisoned before he could take the seat.|Because of
Tennessee's secession, the House seat was vacant for four years before Cooper succeeded Nelson.
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