|Richard Merrill Atkinson|
|Member of the United States House of Representatives|
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
|Preceded by||Jo Byrns|
|Succeeded by||Jo Byrns Jr.|
|Born||February 6, 1894|
|Died||April 29, 1947 (aged 53)|
|Alma mater||Wallace University|
Cumberland School of Law
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Unit||Forty-seventh Company, Second Division
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Richard Merrill Atkinson (February 6, 1894 – April 29, 1947) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Tennessee.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Atkinson was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and attended the public schools. He graduated from Wallace University School, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1912, from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1916, and from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1917. Admitted to the bar in 1917, he commenced the practice of law in Nashville, in 1920.
During the First World War, Atkinson served from June 30, 1917, until honorably discharged on August 29, 1919. He was a member of the Forty-seventh Company, United States Marine Corps, Second Division, serving in France with the American Expeditionary Forces. He served as Attorney general of the tenth judicial circuit of Tennessee from September 1, 1926 to September 1, 1934. He was also State commissioner of Smoky Mountain National Park from 1931 to 1933.
Atkinson was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress, and served from January 3, 1937 to January 3, 1939. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1938, and returned to the practice of law in Nashville, Tennessee, until his death.
Death[edit | edit source]
Atkinson died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, on April 29, 1947. He is interred at Spring Hill Cemetery, Madison, Tennessee.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Richard M. Atkinson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000332. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Richard M. Atkinson". Govtrack US Congress. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/richard_atkinson/400981. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Richard M. Atkinson". The Political Graveyard. http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/atkinson.html. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
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- Richard Merrill Atkinson at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Richard Merrill Atkinson at Find a Grave
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district
Jo Byrns Jr.
|Tennessee's delegation(s) to the 75th United States Congress (ordered by seniority)|
|75th||Senate: K. McKellar • N. Bachman||House: W. Taylor • S. McReynolds • J. Cooper • J. Mitchell • C. Reece • C. Turner • W. Chandler • H. Pearson • R. Atkinson|
|75th||Senate: K. McKellar • G. Berry||House: W. Taylor • S. McReynolds • J. Cooper • J. Mitchell • C. Reece • C. Turner • W. Chandler • H. Pearson • R. Atkinson|
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