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Robert L. Caruthers

Born: Jul 31, 1800

Death: Oct 2, 1882

Birthplace: Smith County

Nationality: United States

Robert L. Caruthers

Date of Birth : Jul 31, 1800
Date of Death : Oct 2, 1882
Birth Place : Smith County

Robert Looney Caruthers was an American judge, politician, and professor. He helped establish Cumberland University in 1842, serving as the first president of its Board of Trustees, and was a cofounder of the Cumberland School of Law, one of the oldest law schools in the South. He served as a Tennessee state attorney general in the late 1820s and early 1830s, and was a justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court in the 1850s and early 1860s. He also served one term in the United States House of Representatives. In 1863, he was elected Governor of Tennessee by the state's Confederates, but never took office.

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