The Nine Sons of Lt Lipscomb Norvell

English: Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville,...

English: Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Walker, the Dictator of Nicaragua in 1857, the son of Mary Norvell Walker, was clearly influenced by his family and drawn to politics – he would later become a military leader.

During the early 19th century, his family in Nashville was the local equivalent of the Kennedys today. Here are nine sons of Lipscomb Norvell and their professions:

1. Moses Norvell ( born 1786 in Kentucky – died 1853 in Nashville Tennessee) newspaper editor, politician, and businessman.

2. John Norvell (born 1789 in Kentucky- died 1850 in Detroit, Michigan) veteran War of 1812, newspaper editor, politician, member of the Michigan Constitutional Convention, and US Senator from Michigan.

3. Joshua Norvell (born 1790 in Kentucky- died 1821 in Havana, Cuba) veteran War of 1812, journalist, lawyer, US attorney for Arkansas, politician, US consul to St. Barts.

4. Joseph Norvell (born 1793 in Kentucky- died1847 in Nashville) veteran War of 1812, newspaper editor, politician, and businessman.

5. Lipscomb Norvell, Jr. (born 1795 in Kentucky – died 1877 in Jasper, Texas) veteran War of 1812, lawyer, Kentucky legislator, Texas postmaster and legislator.

6. Thomas Norvell (born 1798 in Kentucky – died 1843 in New Orleans, Louisiana) postmaster of New Orleans and physician, died of yellow fever.

7. William Norvell (born 1803 in Kentucky -died1875 in Carlisle, Kentucky) lawyer, judge, and politician.

8. Hendrick Norvell (born 1808 in Kentucky -died1837 in Nashville, Tennessee) midshipman in the Navy, died of tuberculosis.

9. Caleb Cushing Norvell ( born 1813 in Kentucky – died1891 in Washington, DC) newspaper man, publisher, and financial editor of The New York Times.

A history of William Walker’s life written in 1902 notes that by the time he was 25 he had already tried three professions: medicine, law, and journalism — all directly due to the impact of his family in Nashville.

About jenorv

John E. Norvell is a retired Air Force Lt Colonel, decorated air combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and former Assistant Professor of American and Military History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has written freelance for the Washington Post, the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, and for several newspapers around the country.
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