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ADAMS, Stephen, senator, born in Franklin County, Tennessee; died in Memphis, Tennessee, 11 May 1857. He was a member of the state senate of Tennessee, afterward studied law, and began practice in Mississippi, where he took a prominent part in politics. He was elected to the state House of Representatives, was a member of congress in 1845-'7, and became a judge of the circuit court in 1848. In 1852, on the resignation of Jefferson Davis, who gave up his seat to become candidate for governor, he was chosen as a state-rights democrat to serve out the term in the United States senate, which expired in 1857.
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