Sam R. Sells

Sam Riley Sells ( born August 2, 1871 in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, † November 2, 1935 in Johnson City, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1911 and 1921 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Sam Sells attended the public schools of his home and then between 1885 and 1890 the King College in Bristol. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Blountville to work in his new profession. During the Spanish- American War of 1898 Sells soldier was in an infantry unit from Tennessee. He then became involved in the timber industry.

Politically, Sells joined the Republican Party. Between 1909 and 1911 he sat in the Senate from Tennessee. In the congressional elections of 1910, he was the first electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Zachary D. Massey on March 4, 1911. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1921 five legislative sessions. In this time of the First World War fell. In addition, at that time the 16th, the 17th, the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted. From 1919 to 1921 was chairman of the board Sells Committee.

In 1920, Sam Sells was not nominated by his party for re-election. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he again worked in the timber industry. He was also involved in the production of shale stones. Moreover Sells worked in several other business areas. He died on November 2, 1935 in Johnson City.