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  • Colonel John Wilkins Whitfield (CSA) (1818 - 1879)
    Wilkins Whitfield (March 11, 1818 – October 27, 1879) was a territorial delegate to the United States Congress representing the Kansas Territory from 1854 until 1856. He was later a general in the Conf...
  • Col. James A. Whiteside (1803 - 1862)
    BIOGRAPHY: Any adequate conception of the character and accomplishments of a man who has left his mark upon the world of men and affairs properly involves not only a general view of the man and his a...
  • Colonel Richard E. Waterhouse (1805 - 1863)
    Richard E. Waterhouse, army officer and merchant, son of Richard Green Waterhouse, was born on August 11, 1805, at Knoxville, Tennessee. He was married to Mary Thomas Lane at Athens, Tennessee, on Marc...
  • Columbus Marion Joiner (1860 - 1947)
    Columbus Marion (Dad) Joiner, oilman, the son of James and Lucy Joiner, was born near Center Star, Lauderdale County, Alabama, on March 12, 1860. He began a law practice in Tennessee in 1883 and was a ...
  • Daniel Edward Garrett (1869 - 1932)
    Daniel Edward Garrett, lawyer and politician, son of Edward C. and Susan Olive (Haddox) Garrett, was born in Springfield, Tennessee, on April 28, 1869. After an elementary education he taught at Jones ...

According to the Tennessee State Constitution of 1870, the General Assembly is a bicameral legislature and consists of a Senate of thirty-three members and a House of Representatives of ninety-nine members.

The representatives are elected to two-year terms; according to a 1966 constitutional amendment the senators are elected to four-year terms which are staggered, with the districts with even numbers being elected in the year of Presidential elections and the those in the districts with odd numbers being elected in the years of Tennessee gubernatorial elections.