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president , State Board of Elections

Henry Elliott COLTON, American President, State Board of Elections. Member; Phi Beta Kappa; Nashville Post American Legion (1 commander); Scottish Rite; Shrine.


COLTON, Henry Elliott was born on December 7, 1880 in Morgantown, North Carolina, United States. Son of James H. and Eloise A. (Colton).


Public Schools, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky. Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut. Yale University, 1902.

Columbia Law School, 1908.


Attorney-Solicitor General’s office, Washington, District of Columbia, 1909-1911. Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General in various antitrust cases including, United States versus United States Steel Corporation, United States versus American Can Company, 1911-1918. United States Field Artillery, Central Officers Training Camp, 1918.

Lawyer, Nashville, Tennessee, since 1919. Commissioner*, Tennessee State Forestry Committee, since 1925. President, State Board of Elections, since 1927.

Commissioner, Tennessee Great Smoky Mts. Park Commission, since 1927. Counsel for Tennessee Academy, of Science in Scopes case, 1926, with victory for Academy, of Science.

Author, Stock Without Par Value, 1926.


Presbyterian Church.


Member; Phi Beta Kappa. Nashville Post American Legion (1 commander). Scottish Rite; Shrine.

Clubs: Kiwanis, Belle Meade Country.


Spouse Elizabeth W. Overton, February 16, 1915, Nashville, Tennessee.