John R. Neal

John Randolph Neal (* November 26, 1836 in Clinton, Anderson County, Tennessee, † March 26, 1889 in Rhea Springs, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1885 and 1889 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Neal attended the public schools of his home, the Hiwasse College and thereafter until 1858, the Emory and Henry College in Emory ( Virginia). After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1859 admitted to the bar he began in Athens to work in his new profession. During the Civil War Neal rose to become Lieutenant Colonel in the army of the Confederacy. After the war he taught for some time as a teacher. Finally he settled in Rhea Springs, where he practiced law. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party.

In 1874 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Tennessee; in the years 1878 and 1879 he was a member of the State Senate, which he was president in 1879. In this role, he held ex officio the post of Deputy Governor. In the congressional elections of 1884 Neal was in the third electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of George Gibbs Dibrell on March 4, 1885. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1889 two legislative sessions.

In 1888, Neal waived for health reasons on another candidacy. He died just three weeks after his last term on March 26, 1889 in Rhea Springs.