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Leonidas C. and John Chiles Houk Papers.

Identifier: MSC 0010

Scope and Contents

Leonidas Campbell Houk (1836-1891), was born in Sevier County, Tenn. He was a lawyer, judge, and congressman. He served in the Union Army from 1861 to 1863. He was circuit judge of the 17th judicial district of Tennessee (1866-1869). Moved to Knoxville in 1870 and was involved in local and national politics. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1878 and served until his death in 1891. He was married to Elizabeth Matilda Smith (died 1879) and to Mary Belle Van Rosen. John Chiles Houk (1860-1923), son of Leonidas C. and Elizabeth Houk, was born in Clinton, Tenn. He was a lawyer, filled his father’s unexpired term to the U. S. House of Representatives, and was elected to that position, 1891-1895. He returned to Knoxville and was elected to the Tennessee Senate in 1911. He married Minnie O. Young in 1885. Papers include: personal and business correspondence; speeches; pamphlets; legal materials; pension claims; legislative bills; newspaper clippings; broadsides; scrapbooks re: political differences between L.C. Houk and William Rule. For a list of selected correspondents, see A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection by Linda Posey (1974). [Bills relating to the services of Tennessee soldiers in the federal army from 1861-1865]. United States. Congress. (52nd, 1st session: 1891-1892) House of Representatives.


  • 1863-1923

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


133 boxes


Included in Linda Posey thesis of McClung Collection Manuscript holdings and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

Leonidas C. and John Chiles Houk Papers.
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States