David Alexander Nunn
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byJohn W. Leftwich
Succeeded byWilliam J. Smith
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byWilliam W. Vaughan
Succeeded byJohn Atkins
Personal details
Born(1833-07-26)July 26, 1833
Haywood County
DiedSeptember 11, 1918(1918-09-11) (aged 85)
Brownsville, Tennessee
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary E. Thompson Nunn Tennessee Whitehead Nunn
ChildrenWillie T. Nunn

David S. Nunn

Alice Isabella Nunn

Charlie Nunn

Cordie L. Nunn Poston
Alma materCumberland University
Professionlawyer politician

David Alexander Nunn (July 26, 1833 – September 11, 1918) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee's 8th congressional district.


Nunn was born near Brownsville, Tennessee, in Haywood County, son of David and Alice Koonce Nunn. He attended private schools and West Tennessee College (now Union University at Jackson, Tennessee. He studied law and graduated from Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1853. He was admitted to the bar, and he commenced practice in Brownsville.[1] He married Mary E Thompson in that same year. They had five children, Willie T., David S., Alice Isabella, Charlie, and Cordie L. After Mary's death in 1873, he married Tennessee Whitehead in 1875.[2]


Nunn was a presidential elector on the Constitutional Union ticket in 1860 and, then he was presidential elector on the Republican Ticket in 1864.

Elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress, Nunn was an unsuccessful Independent Republican candidate for re-election in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress. He served from March 4, 1867 to March 4, 1869.

Appointed Minister Resident to Ecuador on April 21, 1869, by President Grant, Nunn resigned on November 2, 1869. He was again elected to represent Tennessee in the Forty-third Congress, and served from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1875.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election to the Forty-fourth Congress in 1874.

Nunn was the secretary of state of Tennessee from 1881 to 1885. When he was appointed by President McKinley as collector of internal revenue at Nashville, Tennessee on July 20, 1897, he served until his resignation on November 7, 1902. At that point he returned to private life.


Nunn died in Brownsville on September 11, 1918 (age 85 years, 47 days). He is interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Brownsville, Tennessee.[4]


  1. ^ "David Alexander Nunn". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  2. ^ David Alexander Nunn. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  3. ^ "David Alexander Nunn". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  4. ^ "David Alexander Nunn". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 April 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John W. Leftwich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
William J. Smith
Preceded by
William W. Vaughan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
John D. C. Atkins