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Anna Ruffin Dawson

Female 1824 - 1853  (29 years)


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  1. 1.  Anna Ruffin Dawson was born in 1824 (daughter of John Bennett Dawson, U. S. Representative from Louisiana); died on 18 May 1853; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    Said to have been a neice of Isaac Johnson (1803-1853), 12th Governor of Louisiana, but exactly how is unknown to us.

    Anna married Robert Charles Wickliffe, Governor of Louisiana in 1843. Robert (son of Charles Anderson Wickliffe, Governor of Kentucky; U.S. Representative from Kentucky; Postmaster General of the United States and Margaret Crepps) was born on 6 Jan 1819 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; died on 18 Apr 1895 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Bennett Dawson, U. S. Representative from Louisiana was born on 17 Mar 1798 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee; died on 26 Jun 1845 in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Lousiana; was buried in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Lousiana.

    Notes:

    From Wikipedia, accessed 1 Nov 2020:

    John Bennett Dawson […] was an American politician who served as a Democrat in the United States House of Representatives from the state of Louisiana.

    Born near Nashville, Tennessee on March 17, 1798, he went to Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He moved to Louisiana and became a planter residing at Wyoming Plantation; he was also interested in the newspaper business. He married Margaret Johnson and together they had four children. His daughter Anna Ruffin Dawson married Robert C. Wickliffe who would serve as Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Louisiana in the 1850s.

    From 1823-1824, Dawson was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives representing Feliciana Parish.

    He unsuccessfully ran for Louisiana Governor in 1834. He was defeated by Whig candidate Edward D. White.

    In 1840, Dawson was elected as a Democrat representing the Second District in the 27th Congress. He was re-elected in 1842 and represented the Third District in the 28th Congress. He served from March 4, 1841, until his death on June 26, 1845. He defeated James M. Elam (Whig) in the election of 1843.

    He served as major-general in the State militia, judge of the parish court in West Feliciana Parish, and U.S. postmaster at New Orleans from April 10, 1843, until December 19, 1843.

    Children:
    1. 1. Anna Ruffin Dawson was born in 1824; died on 18 May 1853; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky.