Tennessee's 1st Congressional District
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Tennessee's 1st Congressional District
Tennessee's 1st congressional district
Tennessee US Congressional District 1 (since 2013).tif
Tennessee's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
U.S. RepresentativePhil Roe(R-Johnson City)
  • 57.46[1]% urban
  • 42.54% rural
Population (2016)714,504[2]
Median income$42,300[3]
Cook PVIR+28[4]

The Tennessee 1st Congressional District is the congressional district of northeast Tennessee, including all of Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties and parts of Jefferson County and Sevier County. It is largely coextensive with the Tennessee portion of the Tri-Cities region of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

Cities and towns represented within the district include Blountville, Bristol, Church Hill, Elizabethton, Erwin, Greeneville, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Morristown, Mountain City, Newport, Pigeon Forge, Roan Mountain, Rogersville, Sneedville, Sevierville and Tusculum. The 1st District's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has been held by Republicans since 1881.

The district was created in 1805 when the at-large seat was divided among multiple districts.

The district's current Congressman, Phil Roe was first elected in 2008 after defeating one-term incumbent David Davis in the Republican primary[5]

Political characteristics

The 1st has generally been a very secure voting district for the Republican Party since the American Civil War, and is one of only two ancestrally Republican districts in the state (the other being the neighboring 2nd district).

U.S. Representatives Andrew Jackson (1796-1797, at large) and Andrew Johnson (1843-1853, 1st) represented this area and later served as President of the United States

Republicans (or their antecedents) have held the seat continuously since 1881 and for all but four years since 1859, while Democrats (or their antecedents) have held the congressional seat for all but eight years from when Andrew Jackson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1796 (as the state's single at large representative) up to the term of Albert Galiton Watkins ending in 1859.

Andrew Johnson, the seventeenth President of the United States, represented the district from 1843-1853.

The 1st was one of four districts in Tennessee whose congressmen did not resign when Tennessee seceded from the Union in 1861. Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson was reelected as a Unionist (the name used by a coalition of Republicans, northern Democrats and anti-Confederate Southern Democrats) to the Thirty-seventh Congress, but he was arrested by Confederate troops while en route to Washington, D.C. and taken to Richmond. Nelson was paroled and returned home to Jonesborough, where he kept a low profile for the length of his term.[6]

Like the rest of East Tennessee, slavery was not as common in this area as the rest of the state due to its mountain terrain, which was dominated by small farms instead of plantations.[7] The district was also the home of the first exclusively abolitionist periodicals in the nation, The Manumission Intelligencer and The Emancipator, founded in Jonesborough by Elihu Embree in 1819.[8]

Due to these factors, this area supported the Union over the Confederacy in the Civil War, and identified with the Republican Party after Tennessee was readmitted to the Union in 1867, electing candidates representing the Unionist Party--a merger of Republicans and pro-Union Democrats--both before and after the war. This allegiance has continued through good times and bad ever since, with Republicans dominating every level of government. While a few Democratic pockets exist in the district's urban areas, they are not enough to sway the district.

The district typically gives its congressmen long tenures in Washington; indeed, it elected some of the few truly senior Southern Republican congressmen before the 1950s. Only eight people have represented it since 1921.

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1805
John-rhea-tn1.jpg John Rhea Democratic-
March 4, 1805 -
March 3, 1815
Redistricted from the at-large district.

[Data unknown/missing.]
Samuel Powell Democratic-
March 4, 1815 -
March 3, 1817
Elected in 1815.

John-rhea-tn1.jpg John Rhea Democratic-
March 4, 1817 -
March 3, 1823
Elected in 1817.

[Data unknown/missing.]
John Blair Jacksonian
March 4, 1823 -
March 3, 1825
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 -
March 3, 1835
[Data unknown/missing.]
William B. Carter Anti-
March 4, 1835 -
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
Whig March 4, 1837 -
March 3, 1841
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas D. Arnold Whig March 4, 1841 -
March 3, 1843
President Andrew Johnson.jpg Andrew Johnson Democratic March 4, 1843 -
March 3, 1853
Elected Governor of Tennessee
Brookins Campbell Democratic March 4, 1853 -
December 25, 1853
Vacant December 25, 1853 -
March 30, 1854
[Data unknown/missing.]
Taylor-nathaniel-green-by-shaver.jpg Nathaniel G. Taylor Whig March 30, 1854 -
March 3, 1855
Lost re-election
Albert G. Watkins Democratic March 4, 1855 -
March 3, 1859
Redistricted from the 2nd district
Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson - Brady-Handy.jpg Thomas A. R. Nelson Opposition March 4, 1859 -
March 3, 1861
Re-elected in 1861, but captured en route to Congress and failed to take his seat.
Civil War and Reconstruction
Taylor-nathaniel-green-by-shaver.jpg Nathaniel G. Taylor Unionist July 24, 1866 -
March 3, 1867
Roderick-randum-butler.jpg Roderick R. Butler Republican March 4, 1867 -
March 3, 1875
Lost re-election
William McFarland Democratic March 4, 1875 -
March 3, 1877
[Data unknown/missing.]
James Henry Randolph - Brady-Handy.jpg James H. Randolph Republican March 4, 1877 -
March 3, 1879
[Data unknown/missing.]
Taylor-robert-love-before-1912.jpg Robert L. Taylor Democratic March 4, 1879 -
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing.]
Augustus H. Pettibone Republican March 4, 1881 -
March 3, 1887
[Data unknown/missing.]
Roderick-randum-butler.jpg Roderick R. Butler Republican March 4, 1887 -
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing.]
Alfred-alexander-taylor-tn2.jpg Alfred A. Taylor Republican March 4, 1889 -
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing.]
William C. Anderson Republican March 4, 1895 -
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing.]
Wpbrownlow.jpg Walter P. Brownlow Republican March 4, 1897 -
July 8, 1910
Vacant July 9, 1910 -
November 7, 1910
[Data unknown/missing.]
Zachary D. Massey Republican November 8, 1910 -
March 3, 1911
SamRSells.jpg Sam R. Sells Republican March 4, 1911 -
March 3, 1921
[Data unknown/missing.]
B. Carroll Reece.jpg B. Carroll Reece Republican March 4, 1921 -
March 3, 1931
Lost renomination to Oscar Lovette
Oscar B. Lovette Republican March 4, 1931 -
March 3, 1933
Lost renomination
B. Carroll Reece.jpg B. Carroll Reece Republican March 4, 1933 -
January 3, 1947
Retired to serve as chairman of the Republican National Committee
Dayton E. Phillips (cropped).jpg Dayton E. Phillips Republican January 3, 1947 -
January 3, 1951
Lost renomination
B. Carroll Reece.jpg B. Carroll Reece Republican January 3, 1951 -
March 19, 1961
Vacant March 20, 1961 -
May 15, 1961
[Data unknown/missing.]
Louise G. Reece.jpg Louise Reece Republican May 16, 1961 -
January 3, 1963
Elected to finish her husband's term
JimmyQuillen.jpg Jimmy Quillen Republican January 3, 1963 -
January 3, 1997
Bill Jenkins.jpg Bill Jenkins Republican January 3, 1997 -
January 3, 2007
Dave Davis, official 110th Congress photo.jpg David Davis Republican January 3, 2007 -
January 3, 2009
Lost renomination
Phil Roe, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Phil Roe Republican January 3, 2009 -
First elected in 2008

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also



  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=47&cd=01
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Roe defeats incumbent Davis for 1st Congressional District nomination", Johnson City Press, August 8, 2008.
  6. ^ ""A Patriot's Voice", Neal O'Steen, Tennessee Alumnus Summer 1997". utk.edu. Archived from the original on 2010-06-18.
  7. ^ "Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: Slavery". tennesseeencyclopedia.net. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
  8. ^ "First Abolition Publications 1A82 - Jonesborough, Tn. - Tennessee Historical Markers on Waymarking.com". www.waymarking.com.

Coordinates: 36°12?45?N 82°48?00?W / 36.21250°N 82.80000°W / 36.21250; -82.80000

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