William Dickson (congressman)

William Dickson ( born May 5, 1770 Duplin County, North Carolina; † February 1816 in Nashville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1801 and 1807, he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Dickson attended the Grove Academy in Kenansville. In 1795 he moved with his parents in the Southwest Territory, from which a year later was the state of Tennessee. He studied medicine and practiced for many years in Nashville as a doctor. Politically, Dickson joined, founded by President Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1799 and 1801 he was a member and President of the House of Representatives from Tennessee. At that time he became friends with the future President Andrew Jackson.

In the state- wide discharged congressional elections of 1800 Dickson was the first parliamentary seat of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William CC Claiborne on March 4, 1801. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1807 three legislative periods. During this period fell by President Jefferson incurred Louisiana Purchase, by which the territory of the United States has been considerably enlarged in the west and southwest. In 1804, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted.

Between 1806 and his death in 1816 was William Dickson curator of the University of Nashville. He died in February 1816 in Nashville.