David Meriwether (Georgia)

David Meriwether (* April 10, 1755 in Charlottesville, Virginia; † November 16, 1822 in Athens, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1802 and 1807 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


David Meriwether was the father of James Meriwether (1789-1854), who represented the state of Georgia 1825-1827 in Congress. He attended the common schools and served during the Revolutionary War in the Continental Army. He was also present at the siege of Savannah. In 1785 Meriwether settled in Georgia in Wilkes County. He was a member of the state militia and brought it there until 1797 to brigadier general. At the same time he began a political career.

Between 1797 and 1800 he was a member and President of the House of Representatives from Georgia. Following the resignation of Congressman Benjamin Taliaferro Meriwether was a candidate of the Democratic-Republican Party in the election due for the second deputy's mandate of Georgia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he met on December 6, 1802 at its new mandate. After two re- elections he could remain until March 3, 1807, at the Congress. In this time the Louisiana Purchase was by President Thomas Jefferson, by which the territory of the United States has been considerably enlarged in the West. 1804, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted. In the same year Meriwether was a negotiator in talks with the Creek Indians.

In 1806, Meriwether opted not to run again. He retired to his plantation near Athens, where he spent his twilight years. He is also passed on 16 November 1822.