ACKLEN, Joseph Hayes, (1850 - 1938)


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ACKLEN, Joseph Hayes, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Nashville, Tenn., May 20, 1850; educated by private tutors; attended Burlington Military College, near Burlington, N.J., in 1864 and 1865, and was graduated from two foreign universities (École de Neuilly, Paris, and Swiss University, Vevay); returned to the United States and was graduated from the Lebanon Law School, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1871; commenced the practice of law in Nashville and later practiced in Memphis, Tenn.; abandoned the practice of law and moved to Louisiana to superintend his sugar plantations near Pattersonville (now Patterson), St. May Parish; colonel in the Louisiana Militia in 1876; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of Chester B. Darrall to the Forty-fifth Congress; reelected to the Forty-sixth Congress and served from February 20, 1878, to March 3, 1881; was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; resumed the practice of law at Franklin, La.; declined to accept the position of judge of the Federal district court of Louisiana tendered by President Hayes in 1880; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; returned to Nashville, Tenn., in 1885 and continued the practice of law; chairman of the Davidson County Democratic executive committee 1886-1894; member of the Nashville City Council 1900-1904; president of the State bar association in 1901 and 1902; general insurance counsel of Tennessee 1903-1907; State warden of the department of game, fish, and forestry 1903-1913; general counsel of the National Association of Game and Fish Commissioners of the United States 1905-1912, when elected president; middle Tennessee counsel of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad 1907-1911; chief game warden of the United States in 1913 and 1914; author of numerous articles on ornithology, fish culture, forestry, and field sports; chairman of the State central committee on the constitutional convention 1923-1927; died in Nashville, Tenn., September 28, 1938; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.