William Cullom as an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was born on June 4, 1810 near Monticello, Kentucky in Wayne County. He attended the public schools and studied law in Lexington, Kentucky. He was admitted to the bar, and he practiced in the courts of Kentucky and Tennessee. He moved to Carthage, Tennessee and served as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly from 1843 to 1847.
He was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress by Tennessee's 8th congressional district, and to the Thirty-third Congress by Tennessee's 4th congressional district. He served from March 4, 1851 to March 3, 1855. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress. He was appointed the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives in the Thirty-fourth Congress, and he served from February 4, 1856 to December 6, 1857.
He resumed the practice of law and was the attorney general for the sixteenth district from 1873 to 1878. He died in Clinton, Tennessee on December 6, 1896. He was interred in McAdoo Cemetery in Clinton, Tennessee, and later reinterred in Mount Olivet Cemetery at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.