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MAYNARD, Horace (1814-1882)

MAYNARD, HORACE, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Westboro, Worcester County, Mass., August 30, 1814; attended the common schools of Westboro and the Millbury (Mass.) Academy, where he afterward taught, and graduated from Amherst College, Mass., in 1838; professor at the University of East Tennessee 1839-1844; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Knoxville, Tenn.; unsuccessful Whig candidate for election to the Thirty-third Congress in 1853; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852 and on the Republican ticket in 1864; elected as an American Party candidate to the Thirty-fifth Congress, as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-sixth Congress, and as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1863); attorney general of Tennessee 1863-1865; delegate to the Southern Loyalist Convention at Philadelphia in 1866; upon the readmission of the State of Tennessee to representation was elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-ninth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the four succeeding Congresses and served from July 24, 1866, to March 3, 1875; chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Forty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Tennessee in 1874; Minister to Turkey from March 9, 1875, until May 1880; appointed Postmaster General in the Cabinet of President Hayes and served from June 2, 1880, to March 5, 1881; died in Knoxville, Tenn., May 3, 1882; interment in Old Gray Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1875. 1 letter.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: November 26 and 30, 1855; February 9 and 26, 1856. 4 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


University of Tennessee Libraries
Special Collections
Knoxville, TN
Papers: 1828-1926. 3 feet (ca. 1,000 items).
Correspondence, diaries, business and financial papers, printed material, and photographs relating to his family and career. Unpublished calendar in library. Restricted.

  • Marshall, Kendrick. "Horace Maynard: A Tennessee Statesman." Master's thesis, Tennessee State A & I University, 1960.
  • Maynard, Horace. Admission of Kansas. [Washington]: Printed by L. Towers, [1860].
  • ------. A Discourse. Knoxville, Tenn.: A. Blackburn & Co., 1853.
  • ------. Necessity and Effect of the Ku Klux Law. Washington: F. & J. Rives & G. A. Bailey, printers, 1872.
  • ------. Political education; an address, delivered before the Social Union of Amherst College at the annual commencement, Wednesday, August 8, 1860. Boston: Press of G.C. Rand and Avery, 1861.
  • ------. Retain the tariff--abolish the internal revenue. [N.p., 1872].
  • Mayo, Robert. A review of the report of Hon. Horace Maynard, chairman of the Committee of Investigation, into the conduct and accounts of William Cullom, late clerk of the House of Representatives; and an exposition of the frauds practiced on the Treasury, the contingent fund of the House, and on individuals, by the said William Cullom. [Washington: N.p., 1859].
  • Williams, Gladys I. "The Life of Horace Maynard." Master's thesis, University of Tennessee, 1931.