William T. Haskell

William T. Haskell (July 21, 1818 – March 12, 1859) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 11th congressional district.

William T. Haskell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byMilton Brown
Succeeded byChristopher H. Williams
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1818-07-21)July 21, 1818
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
DiedMarch 12, 1859(1859-03-12) (aged 40)
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Sarah Paralee Porter Haskell
ChildrenShephard P. Haskell

William C. Haskell

Joshua Haskell

Viola Haskell

Anna Haskell

Mary Haskell
Alma materUniversity of Nashville




Haskell was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on July 21, 1818. He was privately tutored, he attended the public schools of Murfreesboro, and he attended the University of Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Jackson, Tennessee. He married Sarah Porter, in Henry Co., Tenn., Feb. 7, 1838. They had six children: Shephard P., William C., Joshua, Viola, Anna, and Mary.[2]


Haskell was a soldier in the Seminole War in 1836. During the Mexican–American War, he served as colonel of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry Regiment. He worked as a lawyer in private practice.

In 1840 and 1841, Haskell served in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress. He served from March 4, 1847 to March 3, 1849.[3]


Haskell died in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in an insane asylum, March 12, 1859 (age 40 years, 234 days). He was interred in Riverside Cemetery in Jackson, Tennessee. He was the nephew of fellow congressman Charles Ready.[4] His widow was the first woman state librarian of Tennessee, appointed in 1871.


  1. ^ "William T. Haskell". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  2. ^ "William T. Haskell". Riverside Cemetery by Jonathan K. T. Smith. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ "William T. Haskell". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ "William T. Haskell". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 19 March 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by