Samuel Davis McReynolds

Samuel Davis McReynolds
Samuel D. McReynolds (Tennessee Congressman).jpg
Frontispiece of 1941's Samuel Davis McReynolds, Late a Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1923 – July 11, 1939
Preceded byJoseph Edgar Brown
Succeeded byEstes Kefauver
Personal details
BornApril 16, 1872 (1872-04-16)
Pikeville, Tennessee
DiedJuly 11, 1939 (1939-07-12) (aged 67)
Washington, D.C.
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jennie H McReynolds Mary Davenport McReynolds
ChildrenMargaret Hennrietta McReynolds
Alma materCumberland University



Samuel Davis McReynolds (April 16, 1872 – July 11, 1939) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 3rd congressional district of Tennessee.


Born on a farm near Pikeville, Tennessee in Bledsoe County on April 16, 1872, McReynolds attended the rural schools, People's College at Pikeville, Tennessee, and Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1893, and commenced practice at Pikeville. He married Jennie Hutchins on December 21, 1905. After her death on April 16, 1908, he married Mary Davenport on March 9, 1910, and they had one daughter, Margaret Hennrietta.[1]


In 1894 and 1896, McReynolds served as assistant district attorney of the sixth judicial circuit court of Tennessee. He moved to Chattanooga in 1896 and continued the practice of law. He was appointed judge of the criminal court for the sixth circuit of Tennessee on April 16, 1903. It was there that he heard the case State of Tennessee versus Ed Johnson, the case that later became United States v. Shipp. He was subsequently elected and twice re-elected to the same office. He served until February 1, 1923, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress.[2]

McReynolds was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth and to the eight succeeding Congresses. During the Seventy-second through Seventy-sixth Congresses, he was the chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He served from March 4, 1923 until his death.[3] In 1933, he was a delegate to the International Monetary and Economic Conference at London, England.


McReynolds died in Washington, D.C. on July 11, 1939. He was interred in Forest Hill Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sam D. McReynolds. A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Sam D. McReynolds". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Sam D. McReynolds". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Sam D. McReynolds". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 6 May 2013.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Brown
U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District
Succeeded by
C. Estes Kefauver