James Archibald Meriwether

James Archibald Meriwether ( born September 20, 1806 Washington, Georgia, † April 18, 1852 in Eatonton, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1841 and 1843 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Archibald Meriwether was a nephew of James Meriwether (1789-1854), who was also of 1825-1827 the State of Georgia in Congress. The younger Meriwether attended the public schools of his home. Then he studied until 1826 at the University of Georgia in Athens. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Eatonton to work in his new profession. He was also engaged in farming and in politics.

Between 1831 and 1836, and again in 1838 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Georgia. He joined the Whig Party, founded in 1835. In 1839 he was a member of Assembly in Eatonton, was at the advice on the improvement of the infrastructure of the State of Georgia. In the congressional elections of 1840 he was in the fifth electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Mark Anthony Cooper on March 4, 1841. Until March 3, 1843, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This was determined by the discussions about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico, Texas, and the quarrels between the Whigs and U.S. President John Tyler.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives sat James Meriwether his political career continued at the state level. In the years 1843, 1851 and 1852 he was again elected to the House of Representatives of Georgia, which he was president from time to time. Between 1845 and 1849 he served as a judge in the judicial district of Ocmulgee. James Meriwether died on 18 April 1852 in Eatonton. He was married to Rebecca Carleton McKigney (1807-1876), with whom he had three children, two of whom died very young.