Samuel Powell Edit Profile
He attended the common schools and Philadelphia College, studied law, and was admitted to bar in Norristown prior to 1800.
In 1800, Powell moved to Blountville, Tennessee, where he established the first law school in Tennessee at his home since he was new to the area and needed to establish a following. In 1805, he moved to Rogersville, Tennessee and practiced law. He was a judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee in 1812-13.
He was a law mentor to future attorney and state politician John Netherland. Powell was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourteenth Congress, which lasted from March 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1816.
After departing Congress, Powell resumed the practice of law, and he was again a judge of the first circuit court of Tennessee from 1819 to 1841.
From 1807 to 1809, he served as a member of the superior court of law and equity.