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John William Leftwich

  • Birth 7 Sep 1826 Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 6 Mar 1870 Lynchburg, Lynchburg City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot Turley Section, Lot 248, Space #11
  • Memorial ID 7786786

US Congressman, Memphis Mayor. American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives for the 8th congressional district of Tennessee. He was born in Liberty (now Bedford), Virginia in Bedford County on September 7, 1826. He attended the public schools, studied medicine, and graduated from Philadelphia Medical College in 1850. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee and engaged in mercantile pursuits. Upon the readmission of Tennessee to representation, he was elected as a Democrat and Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-ninth Congress. He served from July 24, 1866 to March 3, 1867 and was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1868. He was mayor of Memphis in 1869 and 1870. He contested the election of BG William J. Smith to the Forty-first Congress, but while on his way to Washington to prosecute the contest, he died in Lynchburg, Virginia on March 6, 1870.

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  • Added: 22 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7786786
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John William Leftwich (7 Sep 1826–6 Mar 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7786786, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .