Hollingsworth was born in Nelson County, Virginia on August 8, 1808. He and a twin sister, Mary Ann, they were probably the only children born to William Hollingsworth and his 3rd wife Frances "Fanny" Wright-Hollingsworth. He was born in the humble walks of life, and up to manhood he earned his support by the labour of his hands. He moved to Nashville in 1933.
In the year 1833 he came to Nashville and became a candidate for night watch; but he was unsuccessful, not receiving a single vote. Defeat, however, had not its usual effect upon him. Instead of dampening his aspirations, it caused him to elevate his aims higher. He thereupon commenced the study of law in the office of William L. Brown, Esq. And was shortly after admitted to the bar.
In 1841 he was nominated by the Democratic party as a candidate for the State Senate, and received a vote beyond his party strength.
Personal life and deathEdit
On April 29, 1837, in District of Columbia, Hollingsworth married Eliza O’Brien. They had one son, Lucian B Hollingsworth, born in May 1838 in Nashville, Tennessee
On July 25, 1843, in Davidson County, Tennessee he remarried to a widow, Mrs. Anna Bell Dozier Stump. They had the following children during their marriage:
- Edna Hollingsworth born June 24, 1844, in Davidson, Tennessee.
- Nancy "Nannie" Hollingsworth born October 23, 1845, in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Mary Hollingsworth born 1847 in Davidson, Tennessee.
- Henrietta Hollingsworth born in 1854 in Davidson, Tennessee.
Hollingsworth died on January 24, 1855 at his residence in Davidson County, Tennessee, after a lingering illness of several months.
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