John Bull (congressman)

John Bull (* 1803 in Virginia; † February 1863 at Roth, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1835, he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Neither the exact place of birth nor the date of birth of John Bull have survived. After studying medicine and qualifying as a doctor he began near Glasgow ( Missouri) to work in this profession. At the same time he studied theology. After his ordination to the clergy of the Methodist Church, he was active in his new home as a preacher. Politically, he joined in the 1820s, the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson, and was in the presidential elections of 1828 one of its electors. Later he turned from Jackson, was a member of the opposition National Republican Party and applied for this in 1832 unsuccessfully for the office of the Governor of Missouri, where he lost to Daniel Dunklin with 45:50 percent of the vote.

In the congressional elections of 1832 Bull was in the then newly created second electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1833. Until March 3, 1835, he completed a term in Congress. This was overshadowed by discussions on the policies of President Jackson. It was 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 John Bull worked as a clergyman and as a doctor again. He died in February 1863 in Rothville.