John Dawson (U.S. politician)

John Dawson ( * 1762 in Virginia; † March 31, 1814 in Washington, DC ) was an American politician and lawyer. From 1796 to 1814 he sat for the state of Virginia in the House of Representatives of the United States.


Born in Virginia, he studied in 1782 at Harvard University law and became a lawyer. He was from 1786 to 1789 a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in the Continental Congress in 1788 and a messenger, who was to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788. He was in 1796 elected to the Democratic - Republicans in Congress, his term began in 1797, and he remained until his death on March 31, 1814 Representative. His successor in office was Philip Pendleton Barbour.

He brought the French Government in 1801, messages of President John Adams. He also served in the War of 1812, General Jacob Brown and later President Andrew Jackson as a consultant. He died on March 31, 1814 in Washington and is buried in the Congressional Cemetery.