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Joseph PEARSON

(1776-1834)

PEARSON, Joseph, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Rowan County, N.C., in 1776; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Salisbury, N.C.; member of the State house of commons; elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1815); while in Congress fought a duel with John George Jackson, of Virginia, and on the second fire wounded his opponent in the hip; died in Salisbury, N.C., October 27, 1834.

Bibliography

Brown, Stephen W. “Satisfaction at Bladensburg: The Pearson-Jackson Duel of 1809.” North Carolina Historical Review 58 (Winter 1981): 23-43.

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

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