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ETHERIDGE, Emerson, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Currituck, N.C., September
28, 1819; moved with his parents to Tennessee in 1831; completed preparatory
studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in
Dresden, Tenn.; member of the State house of representatives 1845-1847; elected
as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as a candidate of the
American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857);
unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress;
elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4,
1859-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Thirty-sixth
Congress); Clerk of the House of Representatives 1861-1863; unsuccessful
candidate for Governor in 1867; member of the State senate in 1869 and 1870;
surveyor of customs in Memphis 1891-1894; died in Dresden, Tenn., October 21,
1902; interment in Mount Vernon Cemetery, near Sharon, Tenn.
BibliographyBelz, Herman. Etheridge Conspiracy of 1863: A Projected
Journal of Southern History 36 (November 1970): 549-67.