Charles Ready
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Charles Ready
Charles Ready
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district

March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1859
George W. Jones
Robert H. Hatton
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives

Personal details
Born(1802-12-22)December 22, 1802
Readyville, Tennessee
DiedJune 4, 1878(1878-06-04) (aged 75)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Political partyWhig American Party
Spouse(s)Martha Alvoid Strong Ready
ChildrenCharles E. Ready
Aaron R. Ready
Mary Emma Ready Cheatham
Charles E. Horace Ready
Martha Ready Williamson
Cora Alice Ready
Ella Love Ready Jordan
Alma materGreeneville College
Professionlawyer politician

Charles Ready (December 22, 1802 – June 4, 1878) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 5th congressional district.


Ready was born in Readyville in Rutherford County, now called Cannon County, on December 22, 1802. He attended the common schools and graduated from Greeneville College in Tennessee. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1825, and commenced practice in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[1] He was married to Martha Alvoid Strong on May 19, 1825 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their offspring were:[2]

  • Charles
  • Aaron
  • Mary Emma
  • Horace
  • Martha (Mattie) (1840-1887); she married Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan as his second wife - only one of their two daughters reached adulthood yet died soon after marriage; she married secondly on 31 January 1873 in Rutherford, Tennessee, to William Henry Williamson (1828-1887),[3] and had five children:[4]
    • William Henry Williamson (b. 1873), m. Mary Ready Weaver
    • Martha Ready Williamson (b. 1874), m. Winstead P. Bone
    • Charles Ready Williamson (b. 1876)
    • Alice Martin Williamson (b. 1878), m. Amzi W. Hooker
    • Nannie Williamson (1881-1883)
  • (Cora) Alice
  • Ella Love


In 1835, Ready was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and re-elected as a member of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses. He served from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1859.[5] He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress, and resumed the practice of law.


Ready died in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on June 4, 1878 (age 75 years, 164 days). He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ "Charles Ready". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Charles Ready". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm. Accessed via July 2017.
  4. ^ Correction sheet for the genealogy of the Cloyd, Basye and Tapp families and a photograph of A D Cloyd. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, database on-line. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016. Accessed July 2017.
  5. ^ "Charles Ready". Govtrack US Cgongress. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Charles Ready". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2013.

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