John Trimble (politician)

John Trimble ( born February 7, 1812 Roane County, Tennessee, † February 23, 1884 in Nashville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1867 and 1869 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Trimble received a private school education. He then studied at the University of Nashville. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer in Nashville, he began to work in his new profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. From 1836 to 1842, he served as Attorney General of Tennessee. In 1843 and 1844 he was a deputy in the House of Representatives from Tennessee; then he sat from 1845 to 1846 and from 1859 to 1861 in the state Senate. This mandate he resigned, when Tennessee joined the secession. John Trimble was loyal to the Union and was 1862-1864 federal prosecutor in that part of Tennessee, which was controlled by Union troops. Between 1865 and 1867, he was a Republican again in the State Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1866, Trimble is in the fifth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William B. Campbell on March 4, 1867. Until March 3, 1869, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This was marked by the tensions between his party and President Andrew Johnson. This conflict culminated in a narrowly failed impeachment proceedings against the president. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, John Trimble withdrew from politics. He died on February 23, 1884 in Nashville.