Augustin Smith Clayton

Augustin Smith Clayton ( born November 27, 1783 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, † June 21, 1839 in Athens, Georgia ) was an American politician. From 1832 to 1835 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1784, Augustin Clayton came with his parents in the Richmond County, Georgia. There he attended the public schools and the Richmond Academy. Until 1804 he studied at Franklin College in Athens. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1806 admitted to the bar he began in Carnesville to work in his new profession. In 1810 he was entrusted by the Legislature of the State of Georgia with the revision of the legislation. Between 1810 and 1812 Clayton sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Georgia; 1813-1815 he was there employed by the administration. Between 1819 and 1825, and again from 1828 to 1831, he served as a judge at the Superior Court in 1826 and 1827 Clayton was a member of the Senate of Georgia.

In the 1820s, Clayton joined the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson. Consequently, he became a member of the founded this in 1828 the Democratic Party. Following the resignation of Congressman Wilson Lumpkin, he was at the due election for the seventh seat of Georgia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 21 January 1832. After a re-election in 1832, he could remain until March 3, 1835 in Congress. There Members' work was influenced by the discussions on the politics of the incumbent since 1829 President Jackson. It was mainly about the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and banking policy of the President.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Augustin Clayton again worked as a lawyer in Athens. He is also passed on 21 June 1839.