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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesTennessee

Robert DESHA

(1791-1849)

DESHA, Robert, (brother of Joseph Desha), a Representative from Tennessee; born near Gallatin, Sumner County, Tenn., January 14, 1791; attended the public schools; engaged in the mercantile business at Gallatin; appointed on March 12, 1812, a captain in the Twenty-fourth Regiment, United States Infantry, in the War of 1812; also served as brevet major; honorably discharged on June 15, 1815; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth and Twenty-first Congresses (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1831); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1830 for the Twenty-second Congress; moved to Mobile, Ala., and continued mercantile pursuits until his death there February 6, 1849; interment in Magnolia Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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