Thomas Claiborne (1780–1856)

Thomas Claiborne (May 17, 1780 – January 7, 1856) was an American politician and a United States Representative for the state of Tennessee.

Thomas Claiborne
Grand Master Thomas Claiborne.jpg
Claiborne in Masonic regalia, ca. 1813
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee's 5th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Preceded byNewton Cannon
Succeeded byNewton Cannon
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1780-05-17)May 17, 1780
Brunswick County, Virginia
DiedJanuary 7, 1856(1856-01-07) (aged 75)
Nashville, Tennessee
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Sarah Martin Lewis Claiborne

Early life and careerEdit

Claiborne served as a major on the staff of Gen. Andrew Jackson in the Creek War. He studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1807. As a member of Tennessee House of Representatives from 1811 to 1812, he was presiding as Speaker during the latter session. He served as a United States Marshal.[1] Elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress, Claiborne served from March 4, 1817 to March 3, 1819.[2] He also served as Mayor of Nashville in 1818.


Claiborne died on January 7, 1856, at the age of 75 years, 235 days. He is interred at Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Claiborne represented Hiram Lodge No. 7 and Cumberland Lodge No. 8, of the Free and Accepted Masons, at the formation of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee on December 27, 1813. He was chosen Most Worshipful Grand Master of Tennessee from 1813 to 1814.[4] He resumed the practice of law in Nashville.


  1. ^ "Thomas Claiborne". The Nashville Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  2. ^ "ThomasClaiborne". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Thomas Claiborne". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Thomas Claiborne". The Grand Lodge of Tennessee Free and Accepted Masons. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2013.

External linksEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

Masonic offices
New office Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee
Succeeded by
Robert Searcy
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Newton Cannon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Newton Cannon