HATTON, Robert Hopkins, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Steubenville, Jefferson
County, Ohio, November 2, 1826; attended the common schools and was graduated
from the Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1847; was a tutor in
Cumberland University in 1847 and 1848; attended the law school of Cumberland
University in 1848 and 1849; principal of Woodland Academy, Sumner County,
Tenn., in 1849 and 1850; was admitted to the bar in 1850 and commenced practice
in Lebanon, Tenn.; trustee of Cumberland University from 1854 until his death;
member of the State house of representatives 1855-1857; unsuccessful candidate
for Governor in 1857; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the
Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on
Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Thirty-sixth Congress); colonel of
the Seventh Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, May 26, 1861; made
brigadier general in the Confederate Army May 23, 1862; assigned to the command
of the Fifth Brigade, First Corps, Army of Virginia; killed in the Battle of
Seven Pines, near Richmond, Va., on May 31, 1862, interment in Cedar Grove
Cemetery, Lebanon, Tenn.
Bibliography Cummings, Charles M. Robert Hopkins Hatton: Reluctant Rebel.
Tennessee Historical Quarterly 23 (June 1964): 169-81;
Threatte, Bernard B. The Public Life of Robert Hatton, 1855-1862. M.A.
thesis, Vanderbilt University, 1931.