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
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded by Francis Strother Lyon
Succeeded by District inactive
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
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.


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 in Columbia. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1813, and practiced. He moved to the Alabama Territory in 1818, settling in Claiborne, and continued the practice of law. He worked with William B. Travis of Alamo fame.

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.


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.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis Strother Lyon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th congressional district

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

Succeeded by
Edmund S. Dargan