Jesse Speight

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Jesse Speight
United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
March 4, 1845 – May 1, 1847
Preceded byJohn Henderson
Succeeded byJefferson Davis
Member of the Mississippi Senate
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1837
Preceded byJohn H. Bryan
Succeeded byCharles B. Shepard
Member of the North Carolina Senate
In office
Member of the North Carolina House of Commons
In office
Personal details
Born(1795-09-22)September 22, 1795
Greene County, North Carolina
DiedMay 1, 1847(1847-05-01) (aged 51)
Columbus, Mississippi
Political partyDemocratic

Jesse Speight (September 22, 1795 – May 1, 1847) was a North Carolina and Mississippi politician in the nineteenth century.

Born in Greene County, North Carolina, Speight attended country schools as a child. He was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1820, serving as Speaker of the House, and was a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1823 to 1827. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1828, serving from 1829 to 1837, not being a candidate for renomination in 1836.

Speight moved to Plymouth, Mississippi and was a member of the Mississippi Senate from 1841 to 1844, serving as its president from 1842 to 1843. He was elected a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1844, serving from 1845 until his death, where he was chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills and Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses of the Senate. Speight died in Columbus, Mississippi on May 1, 1847, and was interred in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.

His replacement as Senator was Jefferson Davis, the future President of the Confederate States of America.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Jesse Speight (id: S000715)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John H. Bryan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1829 – March 4, 1837
Succeeded by
Charles B. Shepard
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Henderson
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi
March 4, 1845 – May 1, 1847
Served alongside: Robert J. Walker, Joseph W. Chalmers and Henry S. Foote
Succeeded by
Jefferson Davis