ETHERIDGE, Emerson, (1819 - 1902)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

ETHERIDGE, Emerson, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Currituck, Currituck County, N.C., September 18, 1819; moved with his parents to Tennessee in 1831; completed preparatory studies; studied law, admitted to the bar in 1840, and commenced practice in Dresden, Tenn.; member of the Tennessee state house of representatives, 1845–1847; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1853–March 3, 1857); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; elected to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859–March 3, 1861); elected Clerk of the United States House of Representatives for the Thirty-seventh Congress (July 4, 1861–December 8, 1863); member of the Tennessee state senate, 1869–1870; unsuccessful candidate for governor of Tennessee in 1867; surveyor of customs in Memphis, Tenn., 1891–1894; died on October 21, 1902, in Dresden, Tenn.; interment in Mount Vernon Cemetery, near Sharon, Tenn.


Bibliography

Belz, Herman. “Etheridge Conspiracy of 1863: A Projected Conservative Coup.” Journal of Southern History 36 (November 1970): 549-67.