William Wirt Vaughan

William Wirt Vaughan ( born July 2, 1831 in Martha, Wilson County, Tennessee; † August 19, 1878 in Alamo, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1871 and 1873 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Vaughan attended the common schools and then studied at Cumberland University in Lebanon. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1860 admitted to the bar he began in Brownsville to work in his new profession. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1870, Vaughan was in the eighth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Jay Smith on March 4, 1871. Since he Republican David Alexander Nunn defeated in 1872, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1873.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Vaughan again worked as a lawyer. At that time, he joined in the railway business. He was involved as a site manager instrumental in the building of the distance between Brownsville and New Bern, North Carolina. In 1878, Vaughan was considering a new Congress candidacy. He died during the election campaign, on 19 August 1878.