Col. William T. Avery, US Congress

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William Thomas Avery

Also Known As: "Thomas", "William", "Tecumseh", "Avery"
Birthplace: Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States
Death: Died in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States
Cause of death: accidentally drowned in Ten Mile Bayou
Place of Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathan Avery and Rebecca Jones Avery
Husband of Emma Chastelett Avery
Father of Emma Blythe Stratton; Harry Edwin Avery and William Thomas Avery
Brother of Laura Avery; Elizabeth Edmunds Meriwether; Rebecca Rivers Avery; Amanda Trezevant; Cornelia Estelle Lamb and 1 other

Occupation: He was a lawyer ; member of the state legislature ; representative in congress for two terms
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About Col. William T. Avery, US Congress

Source: The Groton Avery Clan, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden), Vol. I, p. 497, and vol II, p 805 lists name as William Thomas Avery.


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Civil War Confederate Army Officer, US Congressman. Served as a Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Elected to represent Tennessee's 10th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1857 to 1861. Also served as a Member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1843. He died on May 22, 1880, when he accidently drowned in the Ten Mile Bayou in Arkansas.

-------------------- William Thomas Avery, lawyer, congressman, was born Nov, 11, 1819, in Maury county, Tenn. In 1843 he was elected to the state legislature of Tennessee and he held several creditable positions in his native state. In 1857-61 he was a representative from Tennessee to the thirty-fifth and thirty-sixth congresses. He died May 22, 1880, in Memphis, Tenn. Source: Herringshaw's national library of American biography: p. 179 --------------------

William Tecumsah Avery (November 11, 1819 - May 20, 1880) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 10th congressional district of Tennessee.


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Avery was born in Hardeman County, Tennessee on November 11, 1819, the son of Nathan and Rebecca Jones Rivers Avery. He attended the common schools, graduated from old Jackson College near Columbia, Tennessee in Maury County. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1840 and engaged in the practice of law.[1]He married Emma Chastelette Jones in December of 1852. They had three children, William Thomas, Harry Edwin, and Emma Blythe.[2] Career

In 1843, Avery was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congress. He served from March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1861,[3] but he was not a candidate for renomination in 1860.

During the Civil War, Avery served as a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate Army. He was a clerk of the criminal court of Shelby County from 1870 to 1874. He resumed the practice of law in Memphis, Tennessee. Death

Avery accidentally drowned in Ten Mile Bayou in Crittenden County, Arkansas, opposite Memphis, on May 20, 1880 (age 60 years, 193 days). He is interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee

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Col. William T. Avery, US Congress's Timeline

November 11, 1819
Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States
December 16, 1852
Age 33
Holly Springs, Cherokee, Georgia, United States
August 7, 1856
Age 36
Memphis, Shelby, TN, USA
March 22, 1858
Age 38
Memphis, Shelby, TN, USA
November 14, 1859
Age 40
Holly Springs, Marshall, MS, USA
May 22, 1880
Age 60
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States