Samuel Mayes Arnell

Samuel Mayes Arnell (* May 3, 1833 in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee; † July 20, 1903 in Johnson City, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1866 and 1871 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Samuel Arnell attended Amherst College in Massachusetts. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer in Columbia, he began to work in his new profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. During the Civil War he held as a Unionist to the north. In 1865 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Tennessee. He also sat in the years 1865 and 1866 as a deputy in the House of Representatives from Tennessee.

After the resumption of the State of Tennessee in the Union Arnell was a Unionist in the sixth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 24 July 1866. After two re- elections he could remain until March 3, 1871 Congress. Since the regular congressional elections of 1866, he was elected as a Republican because he had joined the meantime this party. During his time as a Congressman came there for almost failed impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson. In the years 1868 and 1870, the 14th and the 15th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted. From 1867 to 1869 Arnell was chairman of the Committee to control expenditure of the State Department; 1869 to 1871 he headed the education and labor committee.

1870 renounced Samuel Arnell on another Congress candidate. In the following years he remained, first as a lawyer in the federal capital, Washington. Later he returned to Columbia back in Tennessee; there he was 1879-1884 postmaster. Thereafter, he served 1884-1886 as a school board. He died on July 20, 1903 in Johnson City.