CS Con -Gentry, Meredith Poindexter - C.S. Congressman, TN

Meredith Poindexter Gentry:
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Born: September 15, 1809
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Birthplace: Rockingham County North Carolina
Father: Watson Gentry 1760 – 1844
Mother: Theodosia Poindexter 1763 – 1850

1st Wife: Emily Saunders 1818 – 1844
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Tennessee)

2nd Wife: Caldonia Brown 1821 – 1853
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Tennessee)

Children:
Mary A. Gentry Hillman 1841 – 1908
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Tennessee)
Emily S. Gentry Hillman 1844 – 1917
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Tennessee)
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Albert Gentry 1848 – 1903
(Buried: Citizens Cemetery Clarendon Texas)



Political Party: Whig Party


Occupation before War:

Attorney in Franklin Tennessee
1835 – 1839: Tennessee State Representative
1839 – 1843: United States Congressman from Tennessee
1839 – 1841: Member of House Claims Committee
1841 – 1843: Member of House Public Lands Committee
1842: Refused to be a candidate renomination due to wife bad health
1843 – 1845: Attorney and large slaveholder in Franklin Tennessee
1845 – 1853: United States Congressman from Tennessee
1845 – 1847: Member of House Roads and Canals Committee
1847 – 1849: Member of House Indian Affairs Committee
1849 – 1851: Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee
1851 – 1853: Member of House Military Affairs Committee
1852: Choose not to be a candidate for renomination to U.S. Congress
1853 – 1861: Attorney and large slaveholder in Franklin Tennessee
1855: Unsuccessful Candidate for Governor of Tennessee
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Civil War Career:
Advocated session only as a temporary expedient and was not sympathetic to the policies of Richmond Virginia.
The election of Lincoln veered him away his opposition of secession
1862 – 1864: Confederate States Congressman from Tennessee
He was considered for the Speakership of the House but lost.
At first he preferred to maintain the army by increasing calls upon the states for volunteers but by the fall of 1862 he had become an supporter of conscription.
He missed most roll calls on other important matters and for some reason did not attend the last two sessions of congress.
1864: Choose not to seek reelection to Confederate Congress
1864: Captured in Middle Tennessee and requested President Lincoln send him south due to bad health.


Died:
November 2, 1866
Place of Death: Nashville Tennessee
Age at time of Death: 57 years old
Burial Place: Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Tennessee




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