William Montgomery Churchwell

William Montgomery Churchwell ( born February 20, 1826 Knoxville, Tennessee; † August 18, 1862 ) was an American politician. From 1853 to 1855 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Churchwell attended private schools and then from 1840 to 1843, the Emory and Henry College in Emory ( Virginia). After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer in Knoxville, he began to work in his new profession. Later he was in the local Knox County judge. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1850 he was in the second electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Albert Galiton Watkins on March 4, 1851. After a re-election in 1852 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1855 two legislative sessions. These were determined from the discussions leading to the Civil War. Here, then, was the question of slavery in the foreground. Since 1853 Churchwell was chairman of the committee that dealt with pensions for veterans of the American Revolution.

In 1858, William Churchwell has been entrusted with a secret mission to Mexico. At the beginning of the Civil War he was a colonel in the army of the Confederacy. He died on August 18, 1862 in Knoxville.