Oldham, Williamson Simpson
- Richard E. Beringer
Oldham, Williamson Simpson (19 June 1813–08 May 1868), Confederate congressman, was born in Franklin County, Tennessee, the son of Elias Oldham and Mary Bratton, poor farmers. He was one of fourteen children. His formal education was rudimentary, for farm chores permitted him to attend school only during the winter. Nevertheless, he felt self-confident enough at the age of eighteen to open his own school. After two years he left teaching to read law and work in the office of the clerk of district court in Franklin County. He was admitted to the bar in 1836 and moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas....