Alvan Cullom

Alvan Cullom ( born September 4, 1797 in Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky; † July 20, 1877 in Livingston, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1847 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alvan Cullom was the older brother of Congressman William Cullom (1810-1896) and an uncle of Shelby Moore Cullom (1829-1914), the Governor of Illinois and U.S. senator was for that State. He enjoyed a good basic education. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1823 admitted to the bar he began in Monroe to work in his new profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the years 1835 and 1836 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Tennessee.

In the congressional elections of 1842 he was in the fourth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Jefferson Campbell on March 4, 1843. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1847 two legislative sessions. These were determined since 1845 by the events of the Mexican-American War.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Cullom practiced as a lawyer again. From 1850 to 1852 he was a judge in the fourth judicial district of Tennessee. In 1861 he was a delegate to an unsuccessful conference in the federal capital, Washington, on the outbreak of the civil war should be prevented. Alvan Cullom died on July 20, 1877 in Livingston, where he was also buried.