John Fletcher Darby

John Fletcher Darby ( born December 10, 1803 Person County, North Carolina, † May 11, 1882 at Pendleton Station, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1851 and 1853 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Darby attended the public schools of his native land and came in 1818 with his father in the Missouri Territory, where he worked on a farm. In 1825 he moved to Frankfort in Kentucky. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer in St. Louis, he began to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. Between 1835 and 1841 he was twice mayor of St. Louis.

1838 Darby succeeded the way into the Senate of Missouri. In the congressional elections of 1850 he was the first electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrat James B. Bowlin on March 4, 1851. Until March 3, 1853, he was able to complete a term in Congress. These were dominated by discussions about slavery.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, John Fletcher Darby withdrew from politics. In the following years and decades, he worked in the banking industry. He died on May 11, 1882 near the present town of Pendleton in Warren County.