Walter P. Brownlow

Walter Preston Brownlow ( born March 27, 1851 in Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia; † July 8th, 1910 in Johnson City, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1897 and 1910 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Walter Brownlow was a nephew of U.S. Senator and Governor William Gannaway Brownlow ( 1805-1877 ). He attended the common schools and has worked at the age of ten years as an errand boy for a telegraph office. He then served an apprenticeship in the canning industry. Later he was for some time an engine driver. Since 1876 Brownlow worked in the newspaper industry. He worked briefly as a reporter and then acquired the newspaper " Herald and Tribune " in Jonesborough.

Politically Brownlow was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1880 and 1904 he was a delegate to five Republican National Conventions. In 1881, he served for several months as postmaster in Jonesborough. After that, he was employed from 1881 to 1883 in the administration of the Congress as Doorkeeper; he followed it to Charles William Field. In this capacity, he controlled the access to the convention. In the years 1884, 1896 and 1900 he was a member of the Republican National Committee.

In the congressional elections of 1896 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 William Coleman Anderson on March 4, 1897. After six re- elections he could remain until his death on July 8, 1910 at the U.S. House of Representatives. During this time, including the Spanish-American War was. At that time, the Philippines and Hawaii came under American administration. From 1902 to 1910 he was also a board member of the Veterans Center in Jonesborough, on whose foundation he was involved in 1901. During his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was able to get it for his election district around eight million dollars from the federal budget.