Samuel Powell as an American politician that represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives. He was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1776. He attended the common schools and Philadelphia College, studied law, and was admitted to bar in Norristown prior to 1800. In 1800, he moved to Blountville, Tennessee, where he established the first law school in Tennessee at his home.
In 1805, Samuel Powell moved to Rogersville, Tennessee and practiced law. From 1807 to 1809, he served as a member of the superior court of law and equity. He was a judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee in 1812 and 1813. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourteenth Congress, which lasted from March 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1816.
He resumed the practice of law, and he was again a judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee from 1819 to 1841. He died in Rogersville, Tennessee on August 2, 1841 and was interred at the Old Presbyterian Cemetery.
This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.