Luke Lea Edit Profile
He attended the common school, and as a young man he was a clerk for the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1804 to 1806.
After commanding a regiment under General Andrew Jackson in the Seminole and Creek War of 1818, Lee then moved to Campbells Station, Tennessee, in Knox County. Lea was elected as a Jacksonian to the 23rd Congress and re-elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the 24th Congress. He served from March 4, 1833 to March 3, 1837.
He changed parties for his second term from Democratic to Whig. He then served as Tennessee Secretary of State from 1837 to 1839. On September 9, 1850, Lea was appointed Indian agent by President Millard Fillmore for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and served in that capacity until his death the following year.
Thrown from his horse on his way back to his residence near Fort Leavenworth, Lea died on June 17, 1851 (age 68 years, 147 days). He was first interred at Westport Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri. And is finally interred at Union Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.
Lea was the brother of Pryor Lea, a two-term Tennessee Congressman (1827–1831), who was later a Texas state senator and a prominent Confederate supporter in Texas.
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