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Senate Years of Service:
1799-1805; 1807-1813
Democratic Republican; Democratic Republican

FRANKLIN, Jesse, (brother of Meshack Franklin), a Representative and a Senator from North Carolina; born in Orange County, Va., March 24, 1760; moved to North Carolina 1774; served as major during the Revolutionary War; member, State house of commons 1793-1794, 1797-1798; member, State senate 1805-1806; elected to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1797); elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1799, until March 3, 1805; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Eighth Congress; again elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate in 1806 and served from March 4, 1807, until March 3, 1813; was not a candidate for reelection; appointed a commissioner to treat with the Chickasaw Indians in 1817; Governor of North Carolina 1820-1821; died in Surry County, N.C., August 31, 1823; interment in the old National Park at Guilford battleground, near Greensboro, N.C.


Dictionary of American Biography.

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