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William Dickson (congressman)

William Dickson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1801 – March 3, 1803
Preceded by William C. C. Claiborne
Succeeded by District eliminated
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1805
Succeeded by District eliminated
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1805 – March 3, 1807
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Jesse Wharton
Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by James Stuart
Succeeded by James Stuart
Personal details
Born May 5, 1770
Duplin County, North Carolina
Died February 21, 1816
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic-Republican

Polly Gray Dickson

Susannah Hickman Dickson

Cornelia Ann Dickson Indiana Dickson

Florida Dickson Baldwin

David Dickson



William Dickson (May 5, 1770 – February 21, 1816) was an American politician who represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives 1801 to 1807.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Dickson was born in Duplin County, North Carolina on May 5, 1770 and was educated at Grove Academy in Kenansville. With his parents, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1795; studied medicine, then practiced as a physician. He married Polly Gray on August 19, 1802, in Nashville. They had three daughters and one son, Cornelia Ann Dickson, Indiana Dickson, Florida Dickson Baldwin and David Dickson. His second wife was Susannah Hickman. They had no children.[1]


Dickson entered politics as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, serving as its speaker from 1799 to 1803.[2]

Elected as a Republican, Dickson served as a U.S. representative for Tennessee for the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Congresses from March 4, 1801, to March 3, 1807.[3] He became a friend of President Andrew Jackson during that time. He was a trustee of the University of Nashville from 1806 to 1816.


Dickson died in Nashville on February 21, 1816 (age 45 years, 292 days). He is interred at a rural cemetery in Davidson County, Tennessee, near Nashville. Dickson County in Tennessee is named after him. A cousin of Molton Dickson, he was a member of the Freemasons.[4]


  1. ^ "William Dickson". Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "William Dickson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "William Dickson". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "William Dickson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 

External links

  • The Dickson Herald (cached by Google) at the Wayback Machine (archived May 13, 2005)
  • The Tennesseean
  • U.S. Congress Biographical Directory entry

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. C. Claiborne
U.S. Representative from Tennessee
Succeeded by
Jesse Wharton
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