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KEY, David McKendree, postmaster-general, born in Greene county, Tennessee, 27 January, 1824. His father, a clergyman, moved to Monroe county in 1826. The son worked on a farm with few opportunities for education until he was twenty-one. He then entered Hiwassee college, Tennessee, where he was graduated in 1850, and in that year was also admitted to the bar. In 1853 he moved to Chattanooga, where he has since resided. He was a presidential elector in 1856 and 1860. Although he opposed secession, he yielded to the action of his state, and joined the Confederate army as lieutenant-colonel of the 43d Tennessee infantry, serving throughout the war. At its close he wrote a letter to Andrew Johnson, whose supporter he had been before the war, and received a free pardon. In 1870 he was a member of the State constitutional convention and chancellor of the third division, holding the latter office till 1875, when he was appointed by Governor James D. Porter United States senator to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Andrew Johnson, serving from 6 December, 1875, till 29 January, 1877. He was appointed postmaster-general in President Hayes's cabinet in 1877, and served till 1880, resigning to become judge of the eastern and middle districts of Tennessee, which post he now (1887) holds.
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