Quarles, William Anderson (1825 - 1893)*

SENATE, 39th and 45th General Assemblies, 1875-77, 1887-89; representing Montgomery, Robertson, and Stewart Counties in 39th; Montgomery and Stewart in 45th; Democrat. Born near Louisa Court House, VA, Jul 4, 1825; son of Garrett and Mary J. (Poindexter) Quarles. Taught at home; attended University of Virginia, Charlottesville, until death of father caused him to return home to manage family estate; studied law and admitted to bar, 1848. Married three times, dates and places of marriages not found; first marriage to a cousin, Miss Poindexter; second marriage, to Alice Vivian; third time to another cousin, Mrs. Louisa (Meriwether) Barker, daughter of Dr. Charles Hunter Meriwether; one son - William A., by which marriage not indicated. Moved with parents, 1830, to Christian County, Kentucky, and later to Clarksville, Montgomery County. Began practice of law at Clarksville, 1848; an incorporator of Clarksville Building Association and of Stewart College, both in 1856; appointed president Memphis, Chattanooga, and Louisville Railway Co., appointed bank supervisor for state, 1858; served as judge of circuit court for one year during illness of incumbent. Was a Democratic presidential elector on two occasions; first in 1852, supporting ticket of Franklin Pierce and William R. King; second in 1872, on ticket of Horace Greeley and B. Gratz Brown; unsuccessful candidate for Congress, 1858; delegate to Democratic national conventions in 1856, in 1860 (both at Charleston and Baltimore), in 1880, and in 1884; member Democratic State Executive Committee, 1882. In Confederate army; organized 42nd TN Infantry; inducted in Confederate service Nov 28, 1861; elected Col. of Regt. same day; captured with forces at Fort Donelson, Feb 16, 1862; sent as prisoner of war to Johnson’s Island, Ohio; paroled to report at Vicksburg, Mississippi for exchange Aug 27, 1862; resumed command of Regt; promoted to Brig. Gen. Aug. 25, 1863; severely wounded at Battle of Franklin, Nov 30, 1864. One of thirteen former Confederate generals to appeal to Gov. William G. Brownlow for removal of political disabilities of ex-Confederates; a trustee of Tennessee Orphans Society, 1867. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; Free and Accepted Masons with following degrees - Master Mason, 1856; Royal Arch Mason, 1865; Knights Templar, 1871. Died at “Meriville” in Todd County, Kentucky, Dec 28, 1893; buried in Bethel Church graveyard, Christian County, Kentucky.

Sources: Blakeney, Quarles, Belcher, et al, p 15; Clarksville Jeffersonian, Apr 25, 1860; Clarksville Tobacco Leaf-Chronicle, Dec 29, 30, 1893; Clarksville Daily Leaf-Chronicle, Mar 4, 1901; Nashville Banner, Dec 29, 1893; Nashville American, Dec 30, 1893; Beach, Along the Warioto, 131, 138, 139, 160, 181, 191, 196, 225, 230; Anderson, Lewis, Meriwethers and Their Kin, 132, 158-59, 161; Hale and Merritt, Tennessee and Tennesseans, 1086; Richardson, Tennessee Templars, 185; White, Messages of the Governors of Tennessee, V, 618-19.

Biographies submitted by Jill Hastings-Johnson, Montgomery County Archivist

Correction submitted by Randall Rubel:  Should read as William ANDREW Quarles, Brig. Gen. in Confederate Army.

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