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Hopkins Lacy Turney

In office
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1851
Preceded by Ephraim H. Foster
Succeeded by James C. Jones

Born October 3, 1797
Smith County, Tennessee, USA
Died August 1, 1857 (aged 59)
Winchester, Tennessee, USA
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Hopkins Lacy Turney (October 3, 1797 – August 1, 1857) was a Democratic U.S. Representative and United States Senator from Tennessee.


Turney was born in the Smith County settlement of Dixon Springs, Tennessee. As a youth, he was apprenticed to a tailor. He served in the Seminole War in 1818. Subsequent to this he studied law, and passed the bar examination and began a practice in Jasper, Tennessee. Later he moved to Winchester, Tennessee, continuing the practice of law. He was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1828.

He was then elected to the U.S. House, serving three terms in that body from 1837 to 1843, the 25th through 27th Congresses. Subsequent to this he was elected by the Tennessee General Assembly to the U.S. Senate, returning to Washington, DC after a two-year hiatus and serving one six-year term in that body, where he was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Retrenchment for four years and the U.S. Senate Committee on Patents and the Patent Office for two before returning to his law practice, which he engaged in until shortly before his death. He is buried in Winchester.

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Preceded by
John B. Forester
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
Succeeded by
George W. Jones
Preceded by
Ephraim H. Foster
United States Senator (Class 1) from Tennessee
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1851
Served alongside: Spencer Jarnagin and John Bell
Succeeded by
James C. Jones


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