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Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad Bond signed by William Andrew Quarles - Autograph Railway Bond

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Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad Bond signed by William Andrew Quarles - Autograph Railway Bond
State(s): Tennessee
Years: 1860

$500 6% Bond signed by William A. Quarles as president. Civil War! Portrait and biography included.

William Andrew Quarles (July 4, 1825 – December 28, 1893) was a Tennessee lawyer, politician, railroad executive, and a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

William A. Quarles, the son of Garrett and Mary J. (Poindexter) Quarles, was born near Louisa Court House in Louisa County, Virginia. When he was five years old, his family moved to rural Christian County, Kentucky, and then later to Clarksville, Tennessee. He was educated at home as a youth and attended the University of Virginia until his father's untimely death forced him to return home to manage the family estate. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1848, and established a law practice in Clarksville. Interested in politics, he was a Democratic presidential elector in 1852, supporting Franklin Pierce's candidacy.

Quarles helped incorporate Stewart College in 1856. He was the state's bank inspector in 1858 and was judge of the circuit court for a year, filling in for an ill incumbent. Quarles was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Congress from Tennessee in 1858. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in both 1856 and 1860. Quarles joined the Freemasons and became a Master Mason in 1856. He was appointed President of the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railway Company, and helped oversee the construction of railroad lines in Tennessee and Kentucky.

His brother, James Minor Quarles, was a United States Congressman representing Tennessee from 1859 until 1861 when the state seceded from the Union. Read more at

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