Biographical Album of Tennessee Governors [William Hall--April 16, 1829-Oct. 1, 1829] / J. S. Jones : a machine-readable transcription of an image
Jones, J. S.
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The Biographical Album of Tennessee Governors, dated 1904, contains 31 plates, each featuring a Tennessee Governor's photo on the front and biographical information on the back. This plate features William Hall, Governor ad interim from April 16, 1829 to October 1, 1829.
William Hall , Governor of Tennessee , April 16, 1829- Oct. [October]1, 1829, was speaker of the Senate when Governor Sam Houston resigned, and by virtue of his office became Governor ad interim. He was born in Surrey County, North Carolina , February 1, 1775. His father moved to Tennessee 1785 and settled in Sumner County . Governor Hall several times narrowly escaped being killed by the Indians when a boy, and his father and two of his brothers were killed by them. 1797- 1805 he represented Sumner County in the General Assembly. His name does not appear on the roll again until 1821 when he was elected to the Senate of which he was a member until he became Governor. In the meantime he was engaged with General Jackson in his military campaigns; Hall was Brigadier-General in the war of 1812, and was with Jackson in every hard fought battle, both against the Indians and the British . William Hall was never a candidate for Governor and retired to private life when his successor was inaugurated; but in 1831 he was elected a member of Congress. After leaving Congress he lived on his private estate which was called "Green Gardens," near Castilian Springs , until his death, which occurred October 7, 1856. He was one of the purest men who has ever occupied the exalted position of Governor of Tennessee.