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William Turner Haskell


William Turner Haskell was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 21, 1818, the son of Joshua and Nancy (Ready) Haskell. He attended public schools and had private tutors. He attended the University of Nashville for three years, and left the university in 1836 to fight in the Seminole War under General Armstrong. After the war, Haskell studied law with his father and was admitted to the bar in 1838. He took up the practice of law in Jackson, Tennessee, where he become known as an eloquent speaker, orator, and song-writer. He was also, according to biographical sources, also a poet. Haskell served in both the Tennessee house of representatives and was elected as a Whig to the 30th Congress and served from March 4, 1847 to March 3, 1849. He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1859. He died in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on March 12, 1859 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Tennessee.

[Source: William Turner Haskell entry, in Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly 1796-1969 (Preliminary, No. 41), Madison County][attributed sources: Joshua W. Caldwell, Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Tennessee 236 (Knoxville, Tennessee: Ogden Brothers & Co., Printers, 1898); John Trotwood Moore, 2 Tennessee, the Volunteer State, 1769-1923 140 (Chicago & Nashville: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1923); BiographicaI Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; U.S. Census, 1850, Madison County; File, Manuscript Unit, Tennessee State Library]

William T. Haskell
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

William T. Haskell
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