Member of Tennessee Senate, 10th General Assembly, 1813-15; representing Hawkins and Sullivan counties. Born in Fauquier County, Virginia, on January 4, 1782; son of Philip and Catherine (Douglas) Hale. Merchant, farmer, and banker. Merchant in Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia, 1799-1804; merchant at Rogersville, Hawkins County, 1804-1811; merchant at the Boatyard (Kingsport, Sullivan County), 1814-1821; thereafter merchant and farmer at Rogersville. Cashier of the Branch Bank of Tennessee at Rogersville, 1840-44. He was twice married, first in Jefferson County on May 19, 1808, to Margaret Hamilton, daughter of Joseph and Penelope (Outlaw) Hamilton. Children — Joseph Hamilton, Catherine Douglas, William, Philip Smith, Alexander, Penelope H., George Washington, Robert H., James, Elizabeth Mary, Thomas Douglas, and John Hamilton Hale. His second wife, whom he married on August 15, 1843, was Clementina Nenney, daughter of Patrick and Lucy Bramlett Nenney; they had no children. Grand juryman, courthouse commissioner, colonel of the 4th Regiment, War of 1812. Elder in Presbyterian Church. Died in Washington County on October 30, 1862; buried in the garden of his home, “Blue Spring,” at Rogersville. Brother of Hugh Douglas Hale, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.
Source: Nelson, The Hamilton Family; The Outlaw Family; Hamblen County Family Records, 130; Burns and McCoun, Soldiers of the War of 1812, 47; Goodspeed, History of Hawkins County, 274; Speer, Prominent Tennessee, 247-48; History of Morristown, Hamblen County, 118.