Robert Porter Caldwell

Robert Porter Caldwell ( born December 16, 1821 Adair County, Kentucky, † March 12, 1885 in Trenton, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1871 and 1873 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his youth was Robert Caldwell with his parents in the Henry County, Tennessee. Later the family moved to the Obion County on. Caldwell attended the public schools in Troy and in Lebanon. After a subsequent study of law in Troy and its made ​​in 1845 admitted to the bar he began in Trenton 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 1847 and 1848 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Tennessee; 1855 to 1856 he was a member of the State Senate. In 1858 he became chief prosecutor in the 16th Judicial District of Tennessee. During the Civil War Major Caldwell was one originating from Tennessee Infantry unit in the Army of the Confederacy.

In the congressional elections of 1870, Caldwell was in the seventh election district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Isaac Roberts Hawkins on March 4, 1871. Since he was not nominated by his party for re-election in 1872, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1873. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Caldwell again worked as a lawyer. He died on March 12, 1885 in Trenton, where he was also buried.