Biographical Album of Tennessee Governors [William Trousdale--1849-1851] / 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 Trousdale, Tennessee's Governor from 1849 to 1851.
William Trousdale , Governor of Tennessee , 1849- 1851, was known in his political days as the "War Horse" of Sumner County . He was of Scotch-Irish descent and was born in Orange County, North Carolina . Little is known of his early life save that when he was but a lad his parents moved to Davidson County , Tenn. [Tennesseee] At the age of twenty-three he volunteered in the Creek war, and later was with Jackson at Pensacola and at New Orleans . 1835- 1836 he represented Smith and Sumner Counties in the State Senate. William Trousdale was in the Mexican war and was twice wounded at the battle of Chapultepec . For gallant service in this battle he was made Brigadier-General by Brevet in the United States army. 1849 he was nominated by the Democrats for Governor; his Whig opponent being Neil S. Brown . The campaign was one of the most spirited in the history of the State. Trousdale was elected by a vote of 61,740 to 60,350. During his term of office Ex-President Polk died in Nashville . The legislation of this period is uninteresting. Politics was the order of the day. At the close of Governor Trousdale's term he was again a candidate but was defeated by the Whigs with William B. Campbell . The vote stood for Campbell 63,333, for Trousdale 61,673. After his defeat he was appointed Minister to Brazil . Governor Trousdale died March 27, 1872, at the age of 82.