William Claiborne Dunlap

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William Claiborne Dunlap
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Christopher H. Williams
Personal details
Born February 25, 1798
Knoxville, Tennessee
Died November 16, 1872 (aged 74)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Political party Jacksonian
Alma mater Maryville College



William Claiborne Dunlap (February 25, 1798 – November 16, 1872) was an American politician who represented Tennessee's United States House of Representatives, Tennessee thirteenth district in the United States House of Representatives.


Dunlap was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 25, 1798. He attended the Ebenezer Academy and Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, from 1813 to 1817. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced his law practice in Knoxville in 1819.


After serving in the Indian campaign in 1818 and 1819, Dunlap moved to Bolivar, Tennessee in 1828. He also held a commission in the United States Volunteers in 1830.

Dunlap was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses. He served from March 4, 1833 to March 3, 1837.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress.

Dunlap was a judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Tennessee from 1840 to 1849, when he resigned and resumed practicing law. He served as a member of the Tennessee Senate elected in 1851, 1853, and 1857. He served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1857 to 1859.[2]


Dunlap died near Memphis, Tennessee on November 16, 1872 (age 74 years, 265 days). He is interred in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.[3]


  1. ^ "William Claiborne Dunlap". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "William Claiborne Dunlap". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "William Claiborne Dunlap". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Christopher H. Williams