Samuel McClary Fite

Samuel McClary Fite (* June 12, 1816 in Alexandria, Smith County, Tennessee; † October 23, 1875 in Hot Springs, Arkansas ) was an American politician. In 1875, he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Samuel Fite attended both public and private schools of his home and then the Clinton College. After a subsequent study of law in Lebanon and his admission to the bar he began in Carthage to work in his new profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. In 1850 he sat in the Senate of Tennessee; In 1852 he was an elector of the Whigs in the presidential elections. Between 1858 and 1861 Fite officiated as a judge in the Sixth Judicial District of Tennessee, after which he again worked as a lawyer in Carthage. From 1869 to 1874 he was again in the sixth district judge his state.

Politically, he joined the Democratic Party from the dissolution of the Whigs. In the congressional elections of 1874 he was appointed as their candidate in the fourth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Morgan Bright on March 4, 1875. Samuel Fite could exercise this mandate only until October 23, 1875 On this day, he died in Hot Springs. He was initially buried in Carthage; in 1908 he was re- interred in Nashville.