John T. Deweese

John Thomas Deweese ( born June 4, 1835 in Van Buren, Arkansas; † July 4, 1906 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1868 and 1870 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Deweese was taught at home. After studying law and his 1856 was admitted as a lawyer, he started in Henderson ( Kentucky) to work in this profession. He then moved for some time to Denver in Colorado. In 1860 he settled in Pike County, Indiana down. During the Civil War Deweese served in the army of the Union, in which he rose to the colonel of infantry. After the war he moved to North Carolina. After the reorganization of the army he remained until 1867 in the military, but was demoted to lieutenant, which was not unusual at that time. In 1868 Deweese served as a bankruptcy trustee.

Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. After the re- admission of the State of North Carolina to the Union Deweese was selected in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he took up his new mandate on July 6, 1868. After a re-election at the Regulars congressional elections of 1868 he could remain until his resignation on February 28, 1870 in Congress. Deweese was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Committee, which dealt with compensation from the American Revolution.

John Deweese became during his time as a congressman in trouble, as it turned out, that he gave money to appointments to various military academies. This led to a formal complaint by the Congress and eventually to his resignation. Later Deweese joined the Democratic Party. In 1876 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis. Otherwise, he practiced as a lawyer again. He died on July 4, 1906 in the federal capital, Washington and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.