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Haskill, William T.

Born: 1818-07-21 Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Died: 1859-03-12 Kentucky

Haskell was privately tutored, attended public schools and the University of Nashville. He fought in the Seminole War in 1836. Afterwards, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1838, and commenced practicing law in Jackson, Tennessee. In 1840, Tennessee voters elected Haskell to the Tennessee House of Representatives, where he served until 1841. Haskell served in the Mexican War, being appointed colonel of the First Brigade, Second Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers. In 1846, Haskell was elected as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving until 1849. After his term in the House, he resumed his law practice. Haskell died in an asylum in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1177; Gravestone, Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, TN.