Benton County


House, 59th and 79th General Assemblies, 1915-17, 1955-57; representing Benton and Decatur counties; Democrat. Born 12 February 1886 at Camden, Benton County, TN; son of Thomas W. and Elizabeth (Alsup) Pafford. Attended public schools of Benton County; Benton Seminary, 1906-09; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knox County, TN, 1911-13. Married Rachel A. Phifer, date and place not indicated; one son, Henry Clay. Described as a retired teacher, retired contractor, and cattle farmer. Delegate to Tennessee Convention of 1953; represented county in White House conference on Education, held at Nashville 14 September 1955; member and at time of death chairman board of directors Benton County Public Utilities Commission; long-time member and chairman Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Commission. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; Free and Accepted Masons; Woodmen of the World. Died 17 October 1957 at Paris, Henry County, TN; buried in Churchyard of Flatwoods Methodist Church, Benton County, TN.

Biographical Directory Tennessee General Assembly 1796-1969 Preliminiary No 13 Page 18