Pryor Lea

Pryor Lea ( born August 31, 1794 Knox County, Tennessee; † September 14, 1879 in Goliad, Texas ) was an American politician. Between 1827 and 1831 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Pryor Lea was the younger brother of Luke Lea (1783-1851), who also sat for the State of Tennessee in Congress. He attended the schools of his home and then the Greeneville College. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1817 admitted to the bar he began in Knoxville to work in his new profession. In 1813 he took part in a campaign against the Creek. 1824 Lea Attorney for Tennessee.

Politically, Lea joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. In the congressional elections of 1826 he was in the second electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Alexander Cocke on March 4, 1827. After a re-election in 1828 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1831 two legislative sessions. Since 1829 has been discussed in Congress violently on the policies of President Jackson. For the 1830 elections, he was defeated by Nationalrepublikaner Thomas Dickens Arnold.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives in 1836, Lea moved first to Jackson, Mississippi and 1846 Goliad, Texas. During these years he worked in the railroad business. In 1861 he was a delegate to the meeting at which the state of Texas decided his withdrawal from the Union. From 1861 to 1865 he was a member of the Senate of Texas. In 1875 he rejected an appeal in a commission for the revision of the Constitution of age. He died on September 14, 1879 in Goliad.