GUNN, James, (1753 - 1801)

Senate Years of Service: 1789-1801
Party: Anti-Administration; Federalist

GUNN, James, a Delegate and a Senator from Georgia; born in Virginia, March 13, 1753; attended the common schools; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga.; served during the Revolutionary War and, as a captain of dragoons, participated in the relief of Savannah, Ga., in 1782; served in county and state militia, becoming brigadier general in the latter; elected to the Continental Congress in 1787 but did not serve; elected to the United States Senate in 1789; reelected in 1795 and served from March 4, 1789, to March 3, 1801; died in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ga., July 30, 1801; interment in Old Capitol Cemetery.


Bibliography

Mellichamp, Josephine. “James Gunn.” In Senators from Georgia. pp. 23-26. Huntsville, Ala.: Strode Publishers, 1976; Lamplugh, George R. “The Importance of Being Truculent: James Gunn, the Chatham Militia, and Georgia Politics, 1782-1789." Georgia Historical Quarterly 80 (Summer 1996): 227-45.