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For the Continental Congressman and Mayor of Philadelphia, see Samuel Powel.

Samuel Powell (July 10, 1776 – August 2, 1841), was an American politician who represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives.


Early life

He was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and Philadelphia College, studied law, and was admitted to bar in Norristown prior to 1800.

Legal career

In 1800, he moved to Blountville, Tennessee, where he established the first law school in Tennessee at his home.

In 1805, Samuel Powell moved to Rogersville, Tennessee and practiced law. From 1807 to 1809, he served as a member of the superior court of law and equity.

He was a judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee in 1812-13. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourteenth Congress, which lasted from March 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1816.

Later life

After departing Congress, Powell resumed the practice of law, and he was again a judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee from 1819 to 1841. He died in Rogersville, Tennessee, and was interred at the Old Presbyterian Cemetery.

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