Sam Riley Sells
Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 1st district
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1921
|Preceded by||Zachary D. Massey|
|Succeeded by||B. Carroll Reece|
|Born||August 2, 1871|
|Died||November 2, 1935 (aged 64)|
Johnson City, Tennessee
|Spouse(s)||Frances Rice Hayward Sells|
|Children||Samuel Hayward Sells
Charlotte Wyman Sells
Lucy McGuire SellsFrank Hayward Sells
|Alma mater||King College, Bristol, Tennessee|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Unit||Company F, Third Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Infantry|
Sells was born on August 2, 1871 in Bristol, Tennessee in Sullivan County son of George Washington and Mary Margaret McCrary. He attended the rural schools and King College in Bristol, Tennessee from 1895 to 1890. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Blountville, Tennessee. He served as a private in Company F, Third Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish–American War. He married Frances Rice Hayward on April 25, 1904, and they had four children, Samuel Hayward, Charlotte Wyman, Lucy McGuire, and Frank Hayward.
Sells was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses. He served from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1921, and was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1920. During the Sixty-sixth Congress, he was the chairman of the United States House Committee on Pensions. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1912, 1916 and 1932.
Resuming the lumber business in Johnson City, Tennessee, Sells also engaged in the manufacturing of shale brick and in numerous other enterprises.
- United States Congress. "Sam R. Sells (id: S000235)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Sam R. Sells at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Zachary D. Massey
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st congressional district
B. Carroll Reece