Dutee Jerauld Pearce

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Dutee Jerauld Pearce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1837
Preceded by Charles H. Page
Succeeded by James M. Pendleton
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
Personal details
Born (1789-04-03)April 3, 1789
Prudence Island, Rhode Island
Died May 9, 1849(1849-05-09) (aged 60)
Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting place Common Burial Ground
Providence Rhode Island
Political party Adams Party
Jacksonian Party
Anti-Masonic Party
Spouse(s) Abigail Coggershall Pearce
Harriet Boss Pearce
Children Samuel Pearce
Hannah Jerould Pearce
Abby Perry Pearce
Abigail Pearce
Ann Townsend Pearce
Catherine P Pearce
Dutee J Pearce
Dutee Jerauld Pearce
Harriet Boss Pearce
Parents Samuel Pearce
Hannah Jerauld Pearce
Alma mater Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
Profession Lawyer

Dutee Jerauld Pearce (April 3, 1789 – May 9, 1849) was an American politician and a United States Representative from Rhode Island.

Early life[edit]

Born on Prudence Island, Pearce graduated from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island in 1808, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.[1] He studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Newport, Rhode Island.


Pearce held various local offices including Attorney general of Rhode Island in 1819–1825 and United States district attorney in 1824 and 1825.[2] He served as member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Pearce was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses; as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses; and as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses. He served in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1837. He was chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Twentieth and Twenty-first Congresses).

An unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress, Pearce resumed his practice.


Pearce died in Newport on May 9, 1849 (age 60 years, 36 days). He is interred in the Common Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island.

Family life[edit]

Son of Samuel and Hannah Jerauld Pearce, he married Abigail Coggershall and they had seven children, Samuel, Hannah Jerould, Abby Perry, Abigail, Ann Townsend, Catherine P, and Dutee J Pearce. After the death of his wife on July 4, 1827, Pearce married Harriet Boss and had two children, Dutee Jerauld and Harriet Boss Pearce.[3]


  1. ^ Catalogue of the Rhode Island Alpha of Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University. Phi Beta Kappa. Rhode Island Alpha. Brown University 1904. p. 10. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Garrison, William Lloyd. A House Dividing Against Itself, 1836-1840. Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 1971. p. 49. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dutee Jerauld Pearce". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Job Durfee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district

Succeeded by
Joseph L. Tillinghast

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.