John Bennett Dawson

John Bennett Dawson ( * March 17, 1798 in Nashville, Tennessee, † June 26, 1845 in St. Francisville, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1841 and 1845 he represented twice the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Dawson visited the Centre College in Danville (Kentucky ) and then moved to Louisiana, where he worked as a planter and in the newspaper business. There he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. In 1834 he ran unsuccessfully for the office of governor of Louisiana: With 37 percent of the vote he lost to Edward Douglass White of the Whigs significantly. End of the 1830s he was elected to the House of Representatives from Louisiana. Dawson was also a member of the state militia, in whose ranks he rose to major general. In addition, he was District Judge.

In the congressional elections of 1840 Dawson was the second electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Withers Chinn of the Whig party on March 4, 1841. In the years 1842 and 1844 he was re-elected in the third district of Louisiana. He was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1845 two legislative sessions. His time in the U.S. House of Representatives was first coined by the tensions between the Whigs and President John Tyler. It was also discussed the question of annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas. On this question, there was the beginning of 1845 Mexican-American War. During his time in the House of Representatives Dawson was the same in 1843 still postmaster in New Orleans. That was possible because Congress does not permanently met in Washington, but lodged long pauses between its meetings. John Dawson died on 26 June 1845.