James Gunn (senator)

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James Gunn
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1801
Preceded by None (inaugural holder)
Succeeded by James Jackson
Personal details
Born March 13, 1753
Virginia, British America
Died July 30, 1801(1801-07-30) (aged 48)
Louisville, Georgia, U.S.
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Georgia Militia
Years of service 1792–1801
Rank Brigadier general

James Gunn (March 13, 1753 – July 30, 1801) was a delegate to the Continental Congress and United States Senate for Georgia.

Gunn was born in Virginia to John and Mary Gunn and became a lawyer. Gunn served in the 1st Continental Dragoons during the Revolutionary War,[1] moved to Georgia after the war, and eventually rose to brigadier general in the Georgia militia of the 1st Division in 1792.[2]

Gunn was selected as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1787 but never attended sessions. He was elected a United States Senator for the First United States Congress and drew a six-year term in the lottery. He was re-elected in 1795 and served out his second term until March 1801. Shortly after, Gunn died in Louisville, Georgia and is buried at the Old State Capitol.


A World War II liberty ship, the SS James Gunn, ATS-0044 was built in 1942.

See also[edit]

List of Liberty ships: G-Je


  1. ^ Smith, p. 297
  2. ^ Smith, p. 297


  • Smith, Gordon Burns, History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861, Volume One, Campaigns and Generals, Boyd Publishing, 2000.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Office created
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Georgia
Served alongside: William Few, James Jackson, George Walton, Josiah Tattnall, Abraham Baldwin
Succeeded by
James Jackson