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William Terrell

William Terrell (1778 – July 4, 1855) was as a

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Telfair
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wiley Thompson
Succeeded by

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f "William Terrell (1778-1855)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 22 Oct 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Dicken, Emma. Terrell Genealogy. San Antonio, Texas: The Naylor Company. pp. 121–123. He became a distinguished figure in Georgia, and was a most useful citizen. 
  3. ^ Based on A History of the Terrell and Dabney Families, by John Dabney Terrell, Sr. (courtesy of Alabama State Archives), where it mentions the doctor of Hancock County, Ga., and his father, and their connections with John's family.
  4. ^  
  5. ^ "Terrell County". Retrieved 22 Oct 2014. Terrell County was created from Randolph and Lee counties in 1856. It is named for Dr. William Terrell of Sparta who served in both the state legislature and the Congress. Dawson, the county seat, is named for another legislator and jurist, William C. Dawson. 


Terrell (surname)

See also

Lee Counties, was named for William Terrell. Dawson, the county seat, is named after William C. Dawson, his daughter's father-in-law.[2][5]


[1] Terrell died in

[2] After he left Congress, Terrell devoted more of his time to the promotion of Agricultural Science than his medical practice. In 1853, he donated $20,000 to the

Later years

Terrell was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the United States House of Representatives, serving in the 15th and 16th Congresses serving from March 4, 1817, until March 3, 1821. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1820, and resumed the practice of medicine.[1]

He was a member of the Hancock County from 1810 to 1813, and held various local offices.[1]


He is a great-great-grandson of William and Susannah (Waters) Terrell.[2] As a result, he is distantly related to both Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.[4]

In 1818, Terrell married Eliza Rhodes, the daughter of William Rhodes. To this union was born a daughter, Lucy.[2]

[1] He was born in either [3][2] He was one of two children born to Joel and Lucy (Ragland) Terrell.



  • Family 1
  • Career 2
  • Later years 3
  • Legacy 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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