William Claiborne Dunlap as an American politician that represented Tennessee's thirteenth district in the United States House of Representatives. He 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 practice in Knoxville in 1819. He served in the Indian campaign in 1818 and 1819. He moved to Bolivar, Tennessee in 1828, and he held a commission in the United States Volunteers in 1830.
He was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses. He served from March 4, 1833 to March 3, 1837. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress. He was judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Tennessee from 1840 to 1849, when he resigned and resumed the practice of law. He was a member of the Tennessee Senate in 1851, 1853, and 1857. He served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1857 to 1859. He died near Memphis, Tennessee on November 16, 1872. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.
This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.