David Meriwether (Georgia)

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David Meriwether
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large district
In office
December 6, 1802 – March 3, 1807
Preceded by Benjamin Taliaferro
Succeeded by George M. Troup
Personal details
Born (1755-04-10)April 10, 1755
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Died November 16, 1822(1822-11-16)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican
Children James Meriwether

David Meriwether (April 10, 1755 – November 16, 1822) was a United States (U.S.) Congressional Representative from the state of Georgia. U.S. congressman James Meriwether was his son.


David Meriwether was born at "Cloverfields" (home of the Meriwether family), near Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 10, 1755. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a lieutenant in New Jersey, and afterward with Virginia troops at the last siege of Savannah, Georgia. He settled in Wilkes County, Georgia, in 1785. On September 21, 1797, he was commissioned a brigadier general in the Georgia militia.

Meriwether was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and served as speaker from 1797 until 1800. He was then elected as a Jeffersonian to the 7th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Benjamin Taliaferro and was reelected to the 8th and 9th Congresses. His time in federal office spanned from December 6, 1802, to March 3, 1807. He did not run for reelection in 1806 to the 10th Congress and retired to his plantation near Athens, Georgia. After his congressional service, Meriwether was appointed a commissioner to the Creek Indians in 1804 and repeatedly reappointed to treat with other tribes. He died near Athens, Georgia on November 16, 1822 and was buried in the private burial ground on his plantation.

He is the namesake of Meriwether County, Georgia.[1]

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  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 206. 
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Taliaferro
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district

December 6, 1802 – March 3, 1807
Succeeded by
George M. Troup