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Lemuel P. Padgett

Lemuel Phillips Padgett (November 28, 1855 – August 2, 1922) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 7th congressional district of Tennessee.

Lemuel Phillips Padgett
Portrait of Lemuel P. Padgett.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1901 – August 2, 1922
Preceded byNicholas N. Cox
Succeeded byClarence W. Turner
Member of the Tennessee Senate
In office
Personal details
BornNovember 28, 1855 (1855-11-28)
Columbia, Tennessee
DiedAugust 2, 1922 (1922-08-03) (aged 66)
Washington, D.C.
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ida B. Latta Padgett
Alma materErskine College
ProfessionAttorney politician


Born in Columbia, Tennessee in Maury County Padgett was the son of John B. and Rebecca Ophelia (Phillips) Padgett. He attended the private schools in that county and graduated from Erskine College at Due West, South Carolina in 1876. Having begun the study of law in September 1876, he was admitted to the bar in March 1877.[1]


Padgett began to practice law in Columbia, Tennessee in January 1879 and he married Ida B. Latta on November 11, 1880. He was a Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1884, and a member of the Tennessee Senate from 1899 to 1901.

Elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and the ten succeeding Congresses, Padgett served from March 4, 1901 until his death.[2] During the Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses, he was the chairman of the United States House Committee on Naval Affairs. A thorough and studious man, he took his job seriously. He became like a walking encyclopedia about all things naval.[3]


Padgett died in Washington, D.C. on August 2, 1922 (age 66 years, 247 days). He is interred at Rose Hill Cemetery in Columbia, Tennessee.[4]

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  1. ^ "Lemuel P. Padgett". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Lemuel P. Padgett". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Lemuel P. Padgett". Stephens Media LLC. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Lemuel P. Padgett". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 30 April 2013.

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