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Joseph Brown Heiskell (November 5, 1823 – March 7, 1913) was a prominent Tennessee politician who served in the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War.


Heiskell was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He served in the Tennessee State Senate during the 32nd General Assembly from 1857–1859, representing Hancock, Hawkins, and Jefferson countries as a member of the Whig Party.

Following the state's ordinance of secession and the outbreak of the Civil War, he represented Tennessee in the First Confederate Congress and the Second Confederate Congress from 1862 to 1864. After being captured by Union soldiers in 1864, Heiskell was incarcerated. He remained in prison until the end of the war.[1]

Following his release, he established a practice in Memphis, Tennessee, and was active in local politics. He was Tennessee's attorney general from 1870 to 1878.

Heiskell died in Memphis on March 7, 1913. Interment was in the city's Elmwood Cemetery.[2]


  1. McBride & Robinson, pp. 354-55.


  • Robert M. McBride and Dan M. Robinson, eds., Biographical Directory of the Tennessee General Assembly, Volume I, 1796-1861. (Nashville: Tennessee State Library and Archives and Tennessee Historical Commission, 1975).

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