John Trimble (politician)

John Trimble
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byWilliam B. Campbell
Succeeded byWilliam F. Prosser
Personal details
Born(1812-02-07)February 7, 1812
Roane County, Tennessee
DiedFebruary 23, 1884(1884-02-23) (aged 72)
Nashville, Tennessee
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Nashville
Professionlawyer politician

John Trimble (February 7, 1812 – February 23, 1884) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 5th congressional district from 1867 to 1869.


Trimble was born in Roane County, Tennessee son of James and Leticia B. Trimble,[1] Trimble pursued classical studies under a private tutor and at the University of Nashville. He studied law and was admitted to the bar.


After beginning his practice in Nashville, Tennessee, he became Tennessee Attorney General in 1836, and served until 1842. He served as member of the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1843 and 1844, and in the Tennessee Senate in 1845 and 1846, and in 1859 and 1861. A Southern Unionist, he resigned when the state seceded.[2] He served as a United States Attorney from April 1862 until August 1864, when he resigned. He again served in the state senate from 1865 to 1867.[3]

Elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress, he served from March 4, 1867 to March 3, 1869.[4]


Trimble died in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 23, 1884 (age about 72 years). The location at which he is interred is Mount Olivet Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ "John Trimble". Roane County Historical Society. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  2. ^ John McAuley Palmer, Personal Recollections (1901), p. 132.
  3. ^ "John Trimble". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  4. ^ "John Trimble". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  5. ^ "John Trimble". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 April 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William B. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
William F. Prosser