Jesse Wharton

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Jesse Wharton
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
March 17, 1814 – October 10, 1815
Preceded by George W. Campbell
Succeeded by John Williams
Personal details
Born (1782-07-29)July 29, 1782
Covesville, Virginia
Died July 22, 1833(1833-07-22) (aged 50)
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Mary "Polly" Philips Wharton

Elizabeth Auston Rice Wharton

Children John Overton Wharton

Joseph Philips Wharton

Rhoda Ann Wharton

Sarah Angelina Wharton

Mary Philips Wharton

Jane Wharton

Ramsey Wharton

Fedelia Wharton

Jesse Wharton (July 29, 1782 – July 22, 1833) was an attorney who briefly represented Tennessee in each house of Congress.

Biography[edit]

Wharton was born in Covesville, Albemarle County, Virginia; studied law at Dickinson College, was admitted to the Virginia bar, and practiced in Albemarle County. He married Mary "Polly" Philips (6 Sep 1786 - 11 Apr 1813), the daughter of Joseph Philips Jr. and Milberry Horn, on April 20, 1804, in Davidson County, Tennessee. They had five children, John Overton, Joseph Philips, Rhoda Ann, Sarah Angelina, and Mary Philips. Mary died at the age of 26. He also had five children with his second wife, his cousin, Elizabeth Auston Rice, of Virginia.[1]

Career[edit]

After moving to Tennessee, Wharton was elected as a Democratic Republican to the Tenth Congress as Representative in the United States House of Representatives, and served from March 4, 1807 to March 3, 1809. He was appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George W. Campbell and served from March 17, 1814, to October 10, 1815,[2] when a successor was elected. He then returned to his law practice. In 1832 he was named to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy.[3]

Death[edit]

Wharton died in Nashville, Tennessee on July 22, 1833, and is interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery.[4] His grandson, Wharton Jackson Green was a U.S. Congressman from North Carolina.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jesse Wharton". Tennessee Records - Tennessee Records and Marriage Bonds. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jesse Wharton". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jesse Wharton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jesse Wharton". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jesse Wharton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 

External links[edit]


(Some of the biographical detail in this article is derived from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. In turn, some of the material from that source is derived from the book Tennessee Senators as Seen by One of Their Successors by Senator Kenneth McKellar.)


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Dickson
U.S. Representative from Tennessee
1807–1809
Succeeded by
Pleasant Moorman Miller
United States Senate
Preceded by
George W. Campbell
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Tennessee
1814–1815
Served alongside: Joseph Anderson, George W. Campbell
Succeeded by
John Williams