Peter Forney

Peter Forney (* April 21, 1756 in Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina; † February 1, 1834 in Lincoln County, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1813 and 1815 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Peter Forney was the father of Daniel Munroe Forney (1784-1847) and the grandfather of William Henry Forney (1823-1894), both members of Congress. He attended the common schools. During the Revolutionary War he was a captain. He then worked in the iron processing. At the same time he began a political career. End of the 1790s he became a member of, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1794 and 1796 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. Between 1801 and 1802 he was a member of the State Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1812, Forney was in the then newly created 13th electoral district of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1813. Since he resigned in 1814 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1815. This was marked by the events of the British -American War.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives to Forney withdrew from politics. He died on February 1, 1834 at his country estate "Mount Welcome" in Lincoln County.