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Harold Henderson Earthman
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947
Preceded by Jim Nance McCord
Succeeded by Joe L. Evins
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives

In office
Personal details
Born April 13, 1900 (1900-04-13)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Died February 26, 1987 (1987-02-27) (aged 86)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Wilson Moore Earthman
Children Harold, Mary, Virginia, and Ben Earthman[1]
Alma mater Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Austin, Cumberland School of Law
Profession Attorney, politician, farmer, banker, judge
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Private
Unit Student's Army Training Corps
Battles/wars World War I

Harold Henderson Earthman (April 13, 1900 – February 26, 1987) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Tennessee.


Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Earthman was the son of Vernon King Earthman, a physician, and his wife Virginia May Henderson Earthman.[2] He attended the public schools, Webb School at Bell Buckle, Tennessee, Southern Methodist University at Dallas, Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. He married Mary Wilson Moore and they had four children, Harold, Mary, Virginia, and Ben.[3]


During the First World War Earthman served in the United States Army as a private and was assigned to the Student's Army Training Corps. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee, and engaged in the banking business from 1921 to 1925. Admitted to the bar in 1926, he commenced the practice of law in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, engaged in agricultural pursuits and was owner of Earthman Enterprises. He resumed the study of law and was graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1927.

Earthman was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1931 and 1932.[4] In the Tennessee House, he aligned with himself with Tennessee political boss E. H. Crump.[5] He served as associate administrator of war bonds for the State of Tennessee from 1940 to 1946, as well as judge of Rutherford County, Tennessee from 1942 to 1945.[4]

Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth Congress, Earthman served in that capacity from January 3, 1945 to January 3, 1947, representing Tennessee's 5th congressional district.[6] He sought renomination in 1946, but lost in the primary to Joe L. Evins. After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law and pursued business interests, establishing the first self-service laundry in Murfreesboro.[1]


Earthman died on February 26, 1987 (age 86 years, 319 days). He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 REGINA FORSYTHE (9 October 1995). "ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW WITH BEN EARTHMAN". MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE: Q. M. SMITH ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University. 
  2. A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. 1913. p. 2295. 
  3. "Harold Earthman". Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Harold Earthman". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. "IMPEACHMENT FIGHT OPENS IN TENNESSEE; Governor Horton Attacked and Defended as the House Takes Up Eight Charges". June 5, 1931. "Earthman ... said that Congressman Crump is 'in a conspiracy with 2,600,000 people in Tennessee to rid this State of grand larceny and I'm one of them.'" 
  6. "Harold Earthman". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. "Harold Earthman". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

External links[]

  • Harold Earthman at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Nance McCord
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joe L. Evins

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