Robert Desha

Robert Desha (* January 14, 1791 in Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee; † February 6, 1849 in Mobile, Alabama ) was an American politician. Between 1827 and 1831 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Desha was the younger brother of Joseph Desha (1768-1842), who was among other things, Governor of Kentucky. He attended the common schools and worked in Gallatin commercially. During the British - American War of 1812 he was a captain and later Brevet Major in the U.S. Army. In the 1820s he joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this.

In the congressional elections of 1826 Desha was the fifth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Robert Allen on March 4, 1827. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1831 two legislative sessions. These were determined since the inauguration of Andrew Jackson as President on March 4, 1829 by the heated debate surrounding the policy. It was mainly about the implementation of the controversial Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and banking policy of the President.

In 1830, Robert Desha renounced another candidacy. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he moved to Mobile, Alabama, where he worked in the trade. He is also passed on 6 February 1849.