Lemuel Phillips Padgett
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 7th district
March 4, 1901 - August 2, 1922
|Nicholas N. Cox|
|Clarence W. Turner|
|Member of the Tennessee Senate|
|Born||November 28, 1855|
|Died||August 2, 1922 (aged 66)|
|Spouse(s)||Ida B. Latta Padgett|
|Alma mater||Erskine College|
Born in Columbia, Tennessee in Maury County Padgett was the son of John B. and Rebecca Ophelia (Phillips) Padgett. He attended the private schools in that county and graduated from Erskine College at Due West, South Carolina in 1876. Having begun the study of law in September 1876, he was admitted to the bar in March 1877.
Padgett began to practice law in Columbia, Tennessee in January 1879 and he married Ida B. Latta on November 11, 1880. He was a Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1884, and a member of the Tennessee Senate from 1899 to 1901.
Elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and the ten succeeding Congresses, Padgett served from March 4, 1901 until his death. During the Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses, he was the chairman of the United States House Committee on Naval Affairs. A thorough and studious man, he took his job seriously. He became like a walking encyclopedia about all things naval.