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Richard Merrill Atkinson

Richard Merrill Atkinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Personal details
Born February 6, 1894 (1894-02-06)
Nashville, Tennessee
Died April 29, 1947 (1947-04-30) (aged 53)
Nashville, Tennessee
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Wallace University

Vanderbilt University

Cumberland School of Law

Profession Attorney


Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank Private
Unit Forty-seventh Company, Second Division


Battles/wars World War I

Richard Merrill Atkinson (February 6, 1894 – April 29, 1947) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Tennessee.


Atkinson was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and attended the public schools. He graduated from Wallace University School, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1912, from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1916, and from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1917. Admitted to the bar in 1917, he commenced the practice of law in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1920.

During the First World War, Atkinson served from June 30, 1917, until honorably discharged on August 29, 1919. He was a member of the Forty-seventh Company, United States Marine Corps, Second Division, serving in France with the American Expeditionary Forces. He served as Attorney general of the tenth judicial circuit of Tennessee from September 1, 1926, to September 1, 1934. He was also State commissioner of Smoky Mountain National Park from 1931 to 1933.[1]

Atkinson was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress, and served from January 3, 1937 to January 3, 1939.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1938, and returned to the practice of law in Nashville, Tennessee, until his death.


Atkinson died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, on April 29, 1947 (age 53 years, 82 days). He is interred at Spring Hill Cemetery, Madison, Tennessee.[3]


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