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William Francis Cullom (b. June 04, 1810, d. December 06, 1896)William Francis Cullom (son of William Cullom and Elizabeth Northcraft) was born June 04, 1810, and died December 06, 1896 in clinton tennessee.He married (1) Virginia Ingram.He married (2) Unknown.
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He studied law in Lexington, Kentucky; was admitted to the bar and practiced in the courts of Kentucky and Tennessee, moved to Carthage, Tenn.; member of the Tennessee general assemblies, 1843-1847; elected as a Whig to Congress twice (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; appointed Clerk of the House of Representatives in the Thirty-fourth Congress and served from February 4, 1856 to December 6 1857; resumed the practice of law; attorney general, sixteenth district, 1873-1878.He died in Clinton, Tennessee and with interment in McAdoo Cemetery, Clinton, Tenn., and later reinterred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn.
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Gen. William Cullom of TN II
Posted by: Steven Denney Date: September 08, 2000 at 21:20:54
In 1853 he was reelected to Congress, and played a major part in the debates on the
Kansas-Nebraska Act and his speech against the measure was distributed widely in the
North as an example of a Southern leader who did not favor secession. Northern editors
including Horace Greeley lauded Cullom for his statesmanship and began promoting him
for Speaker of the House in the next Congress. His opposition to the measure (he was
one of only 8 Southerners in Congress to vote against it) made him a target for Democrats
in the 1855 race and the Local and State papers who compared him unfavorably to
abolitionist and free-soil leaders like William Henry Seward, Greeley, Gerritt Smith, and
Charles Sumner. Cullom was opposed by former Congressman (and Mexican War hero)
John H. Savage. Due to the redrawing of his district (Smith was added to the Upper
Cumberland district) a blitz of press by the Democrats slamming him on his anti-Nebraska
stance, and condemnation of his position as candidate of the Know Nothing party (the
Whigs were dead in Tennessee by late 1855), Cullom was defeated by 72 votes.
Anti-Nebraska forces (a combination of Know-Nothings, Free-Soilers,Republicans,
Whigs, and anti-Nebraska Democrats) elected him Chief Clerk of the House in an attempt
to unite Northern and Southern opposition to the Democrats and the administrations of
Pierce and Buchanon. Cullom resigned his speakership over a controversy that concerned
his supposed use of House funds for fraudulent uses. He was exonerated by a house
investigation but his reputation was destroyed in Tennessee as the Democratic press
continually slammed him and his actions in Washington. His case was not helped by his
repeated rough and tumble activities. He was involved in a street fight in Gainesboro in
1851, got into a fight with Congressman William Churchwell on the House Floor in 1854
(they were separated by the Sergeant-at-Arms), fought John H. Savage on the campaign
trail (by Savage's own admission he would have stabbed Cullom if friends had not grabbed
his hand and taken the knife from him) and then got into a difficulty with James Clay (son
of Henry Clay) in 1858. The details had been worked out as to the details of the duel
when Vice-President John C. Breckinridge, John J. Crittenden, and Robert Toombs
stepped in to settle the argument. During the debate on secession Cullom stumped
Middle Tennessee in favor of remaining in the Union but when Tennessee finally succeeded
he grudgingly supported the decision but retired to his home at Carthage and did not take
a prominent role supporting either side. Both sides viewed his actions with much distrust
thinking he was supporting the other. After the war, Cullom's private and public life was
in a shambles, he was divorced from his first wife and remarried to Marrietta Griffin. He
was appointed Attorney General for the 16th Judicial Circuit in 1873 and also served as
Judge in Clinton for several years. In the 1870s he made one more run for Congress but
was defeated. He was a lawyer of much renown and was one of the most successful
prosecuting attorneys in the History of Carthage. He died in Clinton, Tennessee on
December 6, 1896. At some point his body was moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cullom's children by Virginia Ingram were Marietta, Virginia, Cornelius Perry, Ella, and
Leslie Cullom. His children by his second marriage were Minnie, Florence, Clara, Albert
Sidney Johnston, William, Ella, Rosa May, and Cora Henderson Cullom. William
Cullom's brother Alvin served a couple of terms representing the Upper Cumberland in
Congress as a Democrat, and his nephew Shelby Moore Cullom served as Republican
Governor and United States Senator from Illinois. I am not a descendant of Cullom and
do not have info on his genealogy but I am preparing a biography of Cullom and would be
willing to share info on his life and times with anyone willing to share what they have on
him. I am particularly interested in finding a photo of him.
Re: Gen. William Cullom of TN II Nancy Almond 11/11/00
Re: Gen. William Cullom of TN II Karen Scruggs 8/05/01
Re: Gen. William Cullom of TN II Cullom Cornelius 8/07/01
Re: Gen. William Cullom of TN II Carolyn (Officer) James 10/21/00
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Children of William Francis Cullom and Virginia Ingram are:
- Marietta Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Virginia Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Cornelius Perry Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Lisa Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Ella Cullom, d. date unknown.
Children of William Francis Cullom and Unknown are:
- Minnie Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Florence Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Clara Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Albert Sidney Johnson Cullom, d. date unknown.
- William Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Ella Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Rosa May Cullom, d. date unknown.
- Cora Henderson Cullom, d. date unknown.