Private practice, Jonesboro, Tennessee, 1788-
Judge, Tennessee Superior Court of Law and Equity, Mero District, 1788-
The Judiciary Act of 1801 abolished the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee on February 13, 1801, and assigned McNairy to serve as a district judge on the U.S. Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit. The Act was repealed on March 8, 1802, reestablishing the district court as of July 1, 1802.