Robert Witherspoon

Robert Witherspoon ( born January 29, 1767 in Kingstree, Williamsburg County, South Carolina, † October 11, 1837 in Mayesville, South Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1809 and 1811 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Witherspoon attended the public schools of his home. Later, he was a wealthy and successful planter in Sumter County. He also began a political career as a member of, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1792 and 1808, he was deputy three times in the House of Representatives from South Carolina. In 1800, he was Finance Minister of his state.

1808 Witherspoon was in the third constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of David Rogerson Williams on March 4, 1809. Rejecting a bid again in 1810, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1811. Then, his seat fell back to Williams.

After the end of his time in the House of Representatives is devoted Witherspoon again its extensive interests as a planter. During the Nullifikationskrise in 1832 he was an opponent of the so-called Nullifikationsgesetzes through which the State of South Carolina wanted to put a federal customs law for his territory except force. Robert Witherspoon died October 11, 1837 in near Mayesville. He was the great-grandfather of Robert W. Hemphill (1915-1983), who was also of 1957-1965 the State of South Carolina in Congress.