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Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson

Born: Mar 19, 1812

Death: Aug 24, 1873

Birthplace: Kingston

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson

Date of Birth : Mar 19, 1812
Date of Death : Aug 24, 1873
Birth Place : Kingston

Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson was an American attorney, politician, and judge, active primarily in East Tennessee during the mid-19th century. He represented Tennessee's 1st Congressional District in the 36th U.S. Congress, where he gained a reputation as a staunch pro-Union southerner. He was elected to a second term in 1861 on the eve of the Civil War, but was arrested by Confederate authorities before he could take his seat. As early as the 1830s, Nelson had gained a reputation as an effective Whig Party campaigner, but due to family considerations, he did not run for office until 1859. In December of that year, Nelson gained international renown for an explosive anti-secession speech he delivered before Congress. As president of the East Tennessee Convention, Nelson campaigned to keep Tennessee in the Union, but maintained a neutral position after his arrest. After the war, Nelson opposed the radical initiatives of his long-time friend, Governor William G. Brownlow, and used his position on the state supreme court to overturn many of Brownlow's policies.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Judge

Also known as

  • Judge Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson


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