WAYNE, James Moore

1790–1867

Biography

WAYNE, James Moore, a Representative from Georgia; born in Savannah, Ga., in 1790; completed preparatory studies and was graduated from Princeton College in 1808; studied law in New Haven, Conn.; was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga.; entered the military service during the War of 1812, and served as an officer in the Georgia Hussars; member of the State house of representatives in 1815 and 1816; mayor of Savannah 1817-1819; judge of the court of common pleas and oyer and terminer of Savannah 1820-1822; judge of the superior court of Savannah from 1822 to 1828; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1829, to January 13, 1835, when he resigned to accept a judicial position; chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Twenty-third Congress); had been reelected to the Twenty-fourth Congress; appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and served from January 14, 1835, until his death in Washington, D.C., on July 5, 1867; interment in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Ga.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

Brown University
John Hay Library

Providence, RI
Papers: ca. 1841, 2 items. Letters with Judge James Moore.
Papers: In the Mary Rivers Allen Collection of letters and autographs, 1846-1881, approximately 75 items. Other authors include James Moore Wayne.

City of Savannah
Office of the Clerk of the Council City Hall

Savannah, GA
Papers: In minutes of the meetings of the City Council. Document his activities as mayor of Savannah 1817-1819 and as alderman in 1817. Also on microfilm in the Georgia Department of Archives and History.

Dartmouth University
Rauner Special Collections Library

Hanover, NH
Papers: 1847, 2 pages. A letter from Daniel Webster to James M. Wayne written on May 8, 1847. In the letter, Webster writes that he Is pleased with the proceedings planned for his arrival in Savannah.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: 1834-1842, 3 items. Correspondence consisting of a letter from James Moore Wayne to Dr. Raymond Harris concerning sickness in his "Negro camp," legal affairs, and states' rights; a personal letter of Wayne's nephew Clifford; and a letter from Hugh Swinton Legaré inquiring about the location of some invoices used in the case of Wood v. U.S.

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names. File is primarily incoming correspondence to the Governor of Georgia. Finding aid in repository.

Georgia Historical Society

Savannah, GA
Papers: 1848-1863, 1 folder. This collection contains 13 items of correspondence and miscellaneous papers of James Moore Wayne, dating 1848-1863. Subjects covered include the Mexican War and subsequent treaty, the Dred Scott court case, the presidential election of 1861, and various legal matters. The collection is arranged chronologically.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1835, 1 item. Commission of James Moore Wayne, 1835.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: September 5, 1808; June 7, 1832; May 29, 1833; November 11, 1852. 4 letters. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Lawrence, Alexander A. James Moore Wayne, Southern Unionist. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1943.

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