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Horace Maynard

In office
June 2, 1880 – March 4, 1881
Preceded by David M. Key
Succeeded by Thomas L. James

Born August 30, 1814(1814-08-30)
Westborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died May 3, 1882 (aged 67)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Whig, Republican, Know-Nothing, Opposition, Unionist, Unconditional Unionist
Alma mater Amherst College
East Tennessee University
Profession Lawyer, Politician, Professor

Horace Maynard (August 30, 1814 – May 3, 1882) was an American politician who served as attorney general of Tennessee, U.S. Representative in Congress and as U.S. Postmaster General in the Rutherford B. Hayes administration.


Born in Westborough, Massachusetts, he was educated in local common schools and graduated from Amherst College in 1838. He was then a professor at the East Tennessee University, now the University of Tennessee, from 1839 through 1844. After studying law and passing the bar he became a lawyer in Tennessee and shortly thereafter a politician. He was elected with the Whig, American, Opposition and Unionist Parties to the United States House of Representatives. He remained loyal to the Union when Tennessee seceded and remained in Congress until 1863.

During the last two years of the American Civil War, he served as Tennessee Attorney General. He attended the National Union Convention in 1866 and was elected to the 39th Congress as an Unconditional Unionist the same year following the readmission of Tennessee into the Union. He then served in the 40th, 41st, 42nd and 43rd Congresses as a Republican. During the 43rd Congress he acted as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Banking and Currency.

He was also a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852 and on the Republican ticket in 1864.

In 1874 he ran for Governor of Tennessee as a Republican, but lost to James D. Porter, Jr.. He was appointed Minister to Turkey and served from 1875 to 1880 in that post. He was appointed United States Postmaster General in the Cabinet of President Rutherford B. Hayes and served from June 2, 1880 to March 5, 1881. He died in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1882 and is buried in Old Gray Cemetery.

Maynardville, Tennessee was named in his honor, which is home to a middle school likewise named in his honor.


Political offices
Preceded by
David M. Key
United States Postmaster General
June 2, 1880 – March 4, 1881
Succeeded by
Thomas L. James
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Sneed
Member from Tennessee's 2nd congressional district
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1863
Title next held by
Title last held by
Member from Tennessee's 2nd congressional district
July 24, 1866 – March 3, 1873
Succeeded by
Jacob M. Thornburgh
Preceded by
Member from Tennessee's 10th congressional district
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
H. Casey Young
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
George H. Boker
United States Minister to Turkey
1875 – 1880
Succeeded by
James Longstreet


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