James Dellet

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James Dellet
Black and white daguerreotype of James Dellet
1840s daguerreotype of James Dellet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded by Reuben Chapman
Succeeded by Edmund S. Dargan
Personal details
Born (1788-02-18)February 18, 1788
Camden, New Jersey
Died December 21, 1848(1848-12-21) (aged 60)
Claiborne, Alabama

James Dellet (February 18,1788 – December 21,1848) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Alabama.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

He was born on February 18, 1788 in Camden, New Jersey. He moved to Columbia, South Carolina with his parents in 1800. In 1810, he graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1813, and practiced. He moved to Alabama in 1818, settled in Claiborne and continued the practice of law. He worked with William B. Travis.

Political career[edit]

In 1819, he was elected to the first Alabama House of Representatives under state government. He served as its secretary, and he was re-elected in both 1821 and 1825. He was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for Congress in 1833, but he was later elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress. He served from March 4, 1839 to March 3, 1841, and from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1845 after he was again elected to the Twenty-eighth Congress. He resumed the practice of law and engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Death[edit]

He died on December 21, 1848 in Claiborne, Alabama in Monroe County. He was interred in a private cemetery on his Dellet Park plantation at Claiborne.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Reuben Chapman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st congressional district

1843 – 1845
Succeeded by
Edmund S. Dargan