BROWNLOW, Walter Preston, (1851 - 1910)

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BROWNLOW, Walter Preston, (nephew of William Gannaway Brownlow), a Representative and Doorkeeper from Tennessee; born in Abingdon, Washington County, Va., March 27, 1851; attended the common schools; employed as a telegraph messenger boy when only ten years of age; became an apprentice in the tinning business at the age of fourteen and later became a locomotive engineer; entered upon newspaper work as a reporter for the Knoxville Whig and Chronicle in 1876; in the same year purchased the Herald and Tribune in Jonesboro, Tenn.; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1880, 1884, 1896, 1900, and 1904; appointed postmaster at Jonesboro in March 1881; elected Doorkeeper of the United States House of Representatives for the Forty-seventh Congress (December 5, 1881–December 4, 1883); member of the Republican National Committee in 1884, 1896, and 1900; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his death on July 8, 1910 (March 4, 1897-July 8, 1910); member of the Board of Managers for the National Soldiers’ Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1902-1910; died at the National Soldiers’ Home, Johnson City, Washington County, Tenn., July 8, 1910; interment in the Soldiers' Home Cemetery.


Beeson, Helen S. “Walter P. Brownlow, Republican.” Master’s thesis, East Tennessee State University, 1967.