William Brown STALEY (1835-1890)
SENATE, 37th General Assembly, 1871-73; representing Roane and Knox Counties; Republican. Born at Troy, Obion County, Jan. 8, 1835; son of Theodore and Nannie (BROWN) STALEY. Attended "common schools"; a secondary school for boys at Gallatin, Sumner County; graduated, 1857, from Irving College, Warren County; studied law and admitted to bar. Married at Lebanon, Wilson County, Oct. 29, 1857, to Mary E. SCANTLAND, native of Nashville, Davidson County, daughter of James M. and Eliza Margaret (HALSTEAD) SCANTLAND; thirteen children among whom were--Charles, William, Jessie B., Robert, Paul and Guy (twins), Max, Lady Maude, and five whose names are not found, including three who died infants. Senator STALEY moved with parents to Smithville, DeKalb County, while still a child; moved, 1858, to Kingston, Roane County, to begin practice of law and continued until 1878 when he was elected to the bench; soon after he moved to Knoxville, Knox County, to live for remaIndexr of life. A delegate to the second session of the East Tennessee Union Convention which met at Jonesboro, Washington County, June 11, 1861; delegate from Roane County to Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1870; judge of 2nd Chancery Division of Tennessee, 1878-86; Died at Knoxville July 28, 1890; place of burial not found.
Sources: Knoxville Daily Journal, July 29, 1890 Speer, Prominent Tennesseans, 546-47; Green, Bench and Bar of Knox County, 87-88; Acklen, Tennessee Records, II, 201; Miller, Official Manual, 186; War of Rebellion Records, Ser. I, V. 52, Pt. 1, p. 169; Journal of Proceedings, Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1870, pp. 6, 465.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.