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DAWSON, John, a Delegate and a Representative from Virginia; born in that State in 1762; was graduated from Harvard University in 1782; studied law; was admitted to the bar, and practiced; member of the State house of delegates 1786-1789; Member of the Continental Congress in 1788; delegate to the State convention in 1788 that ratified the Federal Constitution; elected privy councilor December 16, 1789; elected as a Republican to the Fifth and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1797, until his death; chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Thirteenth Congress); was the bearer of dispatches from President John Adams to the Government of France in 1801; served as aide to Gen. Jacob Brown and to Gen. Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812; died in Washington, D.C., March 31, 1814; interment in the Congressional Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: 1802, 2 pages. A letter from John Dawson to Fulwar Skipwith written on September 19, 1802. In the letter, John Dawson congratulates Fulwar Skipwith on his marriage. Other topics covered are the abuse of the Jefferson administration by the federal newspapers; Pennsylvania, the South and the West's alignment with the administration; and elections in New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Rhode Island.

James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library

Fredericksburg, VA
Papers: In the James Monroe Papers, 1780-1804, 14 items. These papers concern James Monroe's law practice in Richmond and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Correspondents include John Dawson
Papers: In the James Monroe Papers, 1785-1831, 95 items. These papers concern James Monoe's tenure as minister to France. Correspondents include John Dawson.
Papers: In the James Monroe Papers, 1792-1797, 5 items. These papers concern Alexander Hamilton. Included in these papers is a letter from John Dawson to James Monroe about the Reynolds affair and the quarrel with Alexander Hamilton.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dawson, John. Dear Sir, After a Session of Somewhat More Than Eight Months, Congress Adjourned. Philadelphia: n.p., 1798.

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