Lauchlin Bethune

Lauchlin Bethune (* April 15, 1785 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, † October 10, 1874 in Hoke County, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1831 and 1833 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Lauchlin Bethune first attended private schools and then the Lumberton Male Academy. Subsequently, he worked in agriculture. At the same time he began a political career. Between 1817 and 1827 he was several times in the Senate of North Carolina. In the 1820s he joined the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this.

In the congressional elections of 1830 Bethune was in the seventh constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Edmund Deberry on March 4, 1831. Since he lost the next election against Deberry, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1833. This was marked by discussions on the policies of President Jackson. It was mainly about the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and banking policy of the President.

In the years 1834 and 1836 Lauchlin Bethune applied unsuccessfully to each his return to the Congress. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he managed his plantation near Fayetteville. He died on October 10, 1874 in the small town of Montrose.