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James A. MERIWETHER

(1806-1852)

MERIWETHER, James A., (nephew of James Meriwether), a Representative from Georgia; born near Washington, Wilkes County, Ga., on September 20, 1806; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1826; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Eatonton, Putnam County, Ga.; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1831-1836 and 1838; delegate to the State internal improvement convention at Eatonton, Ga., in 1839; judge of the superior court for the Eatonton (Ocmulgee) district 1845-1849; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); member of the State house of representatives in 1843, 1851, and 1852, serving as speaker; died in Eatonton, Ga., April 18, 1852; interment in the Union Cemetery.

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

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