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MERIWETHER, David, (father of James Meriwether), a Representative from Georgia; born at Clover Field, near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., April 10, 1755; completed preparatory studies; during the Revolutionary War was a lieutenant and served in New Jersey, and afterward with Virginia troops at the last siege of Savannah, Ga.; settled in Wilkes County, Ga., in 1785; commissioned brigadier general of State militia September 21, 1797; member of the State house of representatives and served as speaker 1797-1800; elected as a Republican to the Seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Benjamin Taliaferro; reelected to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses and served from December 6, 1802, to March 3, 1807; was not a candidate for reelection and retired to his plantation near Athens, Ga.; appointed a commissioner to the Creek Indians in 1804 and repeatedly reappointed to treat with other tribes; died near Athens, Ga., November 16, 1822; interment in the private burial ground on his plantation.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names/Pre-1800 and File II Names. File is primarily incoming correspondence to the Governor of Georgia. Finding aid in repository.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In Jesse Franklin Indian Treaty papers, 1816. 1 volume. Papers of Meriwether as U.S. Commissioner to settle Indian boundaries.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Coulter, E. Merton. "David Meriwether of Virginia and Georgia." Georgia Historical Quarterly 54 (Fall 1970): 320-38.

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