MERIWETHER, David, (1755 - 1822)


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.