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John Bennett Dawson, U. S. Representative from Louisiana

Male 1798 - 1845  (47 years)


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  • Name John Bennett Dawson 
    Suffix U. S. Representative from Louisiana 
    Born 17 Mar 1798  Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Jun 1845  St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Lousiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Lousiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I12177  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2020 

    Children 
     1. Anna Ruffin Dawson,   b. 1824,   d. 18 May 1853  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F6607  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4716] Find a Grave page for John Bennett Dawson.