Joseph Dickson

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Joseph Dickson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1799 – March 3, 1801
Preceded by Joseph McDowell, Jr.
Succeeded by James Holland
Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
1809–1811
Preceded by John Tipton
Succeeded by John Cocke
Personal details
Born April 1745
Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died April 1825
Rutherford County, Tennessee
Political party Federalist
Military service
Service/branch Colonial and state militias
Years of service 1780s
Rank Brigadier general
Battles/wars American Revolution
 • Kings Mountain (1780)

Joseph Dickson (April 1745 – April 1825) was an American politician and soldier who represented North Carolina's 1st district in the United States House of Representatives from 1799 1801, and would later serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, though eventually moved with his parents to Rowan County, North Carolina. He was engaged in cotton and tobacco planting. He was commissioned captain in the Continental Army under Colonel Joseph McDowell in 1780, and at the Battle of Kings Mountain as major of the “Lincoln County Men”. He would eventually rise to the rank of brigadier general in the North Carolina militia. Dickson was elected clerk of the Lincoln County Court in 1781, and was a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1788 to 1795. During this time, he was appointed to the commission to establish the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress in 1798, representing North Carolina's 1st district.

Dickson moved to Tennessee in 1803 and settled in that portion of Davidson County which subsequently became Rutherford County. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1807 to 1811, serving as speaker the last two years. He died in Rutherford County, and is interred on his plantation northeast of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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