James Meriwether

James Meriwether (1789–1854) was a United States Representative and lawyer from Georgia. His father was David Meriwether and his nephew was James Archibald Meriwether.[1]

Early years and educationEdit

Meriwether was born near Washington, Georgia, wilkes County in 1789. He attended the common schools, and graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens with a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in 1807 and was a tutor at the University for a year.[1][2][3]

Career in law and military serviceEdit

After studying law in Elberton, Georgia and gaining admittance to the state bar, he practiced law for a short time and then focused on farming. From 1811 to 1813, he was judge of the inferior court of Clarke County, Georgia.[3] In 1813, Meriwether fought in the Creek War under the command of General John Floyd. Meriwether served as a trustee of UGA from 1816 until 1831.[2]

Political officeEdit

From 1821 to 1823, Meriwether served in the Georgia House of Representatives representing Clarke County. President James Monroe appointed Meriwether as a commissioner to negotiate with the Creek in 1823.[3] In 1824, he was elected as a Jacksonian Representative to the 19th United States Congress and served one term from March 4, 1825 until March 3, 1827, as he did not seek reelection in 1826.[2]

Later yearsEdit

James Meriwether returned to his farming and died while on a trip near Memphis, Tennessee, in 1854. He was buried at his family plantation in Clarke County.[2]


  1. ^ a b American Political Leaders 1789–2009. CQ Press. 2009. p. 196. ISBN 978-1452267265.
  2. ^ a b c d "James Meriwether". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Thomas Reed. The History of the University of Georgia. University of Georgia. p. 138. Retrieved January 25, 2020.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Henry Wilde
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1827
Succeeded by
Wilson Lumpkin