William Claiborne Dunlap

William Claiborne Dunlap ( born February 25, 1798 in Knoxville, Tennessee, † November 16, 1872 in Memphis, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1837 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Dunlap attended between 1813 and 1817, the Ebenezer Academy and Maryville College in Tennessee. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1819 admitted to the bar he began in Knoxville to work in his new profession. In the years 1818 and 1819 he also took part in an Indian war. Founded in 1828, Dunlap was living in Bolivar.

Politically, he joined President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded by this. In the congressional elections of 1832 he was in the then newly created 13th electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1833. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1837 two legislative sessions. There was discussed at this time violently on the policies of President Jackson. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

In 1836, Dunlap was not re-elected. Between 1840 and 1849 he was a judge in the Eleventh Judicial District of Tennessee, then again, he practiced as a lawyer. In the years 1851, 1853 and 1857, he sat in the Senate of Tennessee; 1857-1859 he was a member of the House of Representatives of his State. Dunlap died on 16 November 1872 in near Memphis, where he was also buried.