Micajah Thomas Hawkins

Micajah Thomas Hawkins ( * May 20, 1790 in Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina, † December 22, 1858 ) was an American politician. Between 1831 and 1841 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Micajah Hawkins was a nephew of U.S. Senators Benjamin Hawkins (1754-1818) and Nathaniel Macon ( 1757-1837 ). He attended the Warrenton Academy and then studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After that, he was engaged in farming. At the same time he began a career in politics in North Carolina. In 1819 and 1820 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina; 1823-1827 he was a member of the State Senate. As a member of the state militia he rose to major general.

Politically, Hawkins closed in the 1820s the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. Following the resignation of Congressman Robert Potter, he was at the due election for the sixth seat of North Carolina as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on December 15, 1831. After four elections he could remain until March 3, 1841 in Congress. This time was determined to 1837 of the discussions about the policy of President Jackson. It was about the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and the controversial banking policy of the President.

1840 renounced Hawkins on another candidacy. In the following years he worked again in agriculture. In 1846 he was again elected to the Senate of North Carolina; in the years 1854 and 1855 he was a member of the Council of State (Council of State). He died on December 22, 1858 at his birthplace near Warrenton and was buried in the family's cemetery.