About Robert Porter Caldwell, US Congress
Robert Porter Caldwell was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 7th congressional district of Tennessee.
Caldwell was born in Adair County, Kentucky on December 16, 1821. He moved with his parents to Henry County, Tennessee and a few years later moved to Obion County. He attended the public schools of Troy and Lebanon, studied law at Troy.
Caldwell married Harriett James Wilkins who was born October 11, 1829 in Maury County, Tennessee, and died August 8, 1865. They were married on March 15, 1851 in Trenton. They had 5 children. Career
Admitted to the bar, Caldwell commenced practice in Trenton in 1845. He served in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1847 and 1848. He was a member of the Tennessee Senate in 1855 and 1856. He was elected attorney general for the sixteenth judicial circuit of Tennessee in 1858.
During the Civil War, Caldwell was a major in the Twelfth Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, of the Confederate Army.
Caldwell was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress, but was not a successful candidate for re-election to the Forty-third Congress. He served from March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1873. He resumed the practice of law in Trenton, Tennessee. Death
Caldwell died in Trenton on March 12, 1885 (age 63 years, 86 days). He is interred at Oakland Cemetery, Trenton, Tennessee