John T. Deweese

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John Thomas Deweese
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
In office
July 6, 1868 – February 28, 1870
Preceded by American Civil war
Succeeded by John Manning, Jr.
Personal details
Born John Thomas Deweese
(1835-07-04)4 July 1835
Van Buren, Arkansas Arkansas, U.S.
Died 4 July 1906(1906-07-04) (aged 71)
Washington, D.C., U.S.

John Thomas Deweese (June 4, 1835 – July 4, 1906) was a Congressional Representative from North Carolina.


Born in Van Buren, Arkansas, June 4, 1835; educated at home; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1856 and commenced practice in Henderson, Kentucky; resident of Denver, Colorado, for some years; moved to Pike County, Indiana, in 1860.

DeWeese entered the Union Army July 6, 1861, as second lieutenant of Company E, Twenty-fourth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served with that command until February 15, 1862, when he resigned; mustered in as captain of Company F, Fourth Indiana Cavalry, August 8, 1862; successively promoted to rank of colonel; moved to North Carolina; upon the reorganization of the Army was appointed second lieutenant, Eighth United States Infantry, July 24, 1866.

He resigned August 14, 1867, having been elected to Congress; appointed register in bankruptcy for North Carolina in 1868; upon the readmission of North Carolina to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses and served from July 6, 1868, to February 28, 1870; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Forty-first Congress), Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Forty-first Congress).

He resigned his seat in 1870 when he was censured by the House of Representatives on March 1, 1870, for selling an appointment to the Naval Academy. He swotched parties and became delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876, resumed the practice of law and died in Washington, D.C., July 4, 1906. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Civil War
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Manning, Jr.