William Henry Sneed

William Henry Sneed ( born August 27, 1812 Davidson County, Tennessee, † September 18, 1869 in Knoxville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1855 and 1857 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Sneed moved to the elementary school with his family in Rutherford County. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1834 admitted to the bar he began in Murfreesboro to work in his new profession. Politically, he was a member of the Whigs. Between 1843 and 1845 he was a member of the Senate of Tennessee. There he sat down unsuccessfully for the relocation of the state capital to Murfreesboro. Since 1845 he lived in Knoxville.

After the dissolution of the Whig Party to Sneed the short-lived American Party joined. In the congressional elections of 1854 he was appointed as their candidate in the second electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Montgomery Churchwell on March 4, 1855. Since he resigned in 1856 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1857. This was marked by the events leading up to the Civil War. In Congress, Sneed was chairman of the Committee on Mileage.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives William Sneed again worked as a lawyer. A nomination for the office of district judge, he refused. Later he became a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to the Civil War Sneed was initially against the escape of Tennessee from the Union. But by the end of the 1850s he changed his mind and supported the secession movement. Until 1863 he remained in Knoxville. When the Union troops occupy the city, he fled to Bristol. The local commander of the Union took advantage of Sneed's house as his headquarters. In 1867, Sneed returned to Knoxville. There he again worked as a lawyer. He also managed to get something back from his seized property. William Sneed died on September 18, 1869 in Knoxville.