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Governor Robert Looney Caruthers

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Office Dates:  Jan 01, 1863 - Jan 01, 1863

Born:  Jan 01, 1800

Passed:  Oct 02, 1882

Birth State:  Tennessee

Party:  Democrat

Family:  Married Sarah Saunders

School(s):  Washington College; Greenville College

National Office(s) Served:  Representative

ROBERT LOONEY CARUTHERS was born in Smith County. Educated at Washington College, he studied law and served as circuit attorney general from 1827 to 1832. He was elected to the state legislature in 1835 and to Congress in 1841. Twelve years later he was appointed to the state Supreme Court by Governor William Campbell. He went on to serve as a member of the Peace Congress in 1861. Although elected governor in 1863, he was never inaugurated due to the fact that Andrew Johnson was appointed military governor by Abraham Lincoln. An advocate of education, Caruthers and his brother co-founded Cumberland University Law School.


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Past Governors of Tennessee

Philips, Margaret I. The Governors of Tennessee. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 2001.

White, Robert H. Messages of the Governors of Tennessee, 1857-1869. Nashville: The Tennessee Historical Commission, Vol. 5, 1952.