Starling Tucker

Starling Tucker ( * 1770 in Halifax County, North Carolina; † January 3, 1834 in Enoree, South Carolina) was an American politician. Between 1817 and 1831 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Starling Tucker sat down at a young age in Mountain Shoals, now Enoree, South Carolina. There he received a rather poor education. In the following years he managed a plantation. He also held various local offices. Among other things, he served as justice of the peace. Tucker was also for many years a member of the state militia. During the British - American War of 1812 he was commander of troops as a colonel. Later he went into the militia up to major general.

Politically, Tucker was a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In 1816 he was in the fifth constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Woodward on March 4, 1817. After two re- elections he could represent his constituency in Congress until March 3, 1823. Since 1822 he stood as a candidate in the ninth district, which he represented as the successor of John Carter between 4 March 1823 to 3 March 1831 Congress. After the dissolution of his party in the 1820s, Tucker joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and his Democratic Party. His last years in the House of Representatives were marked by heated debate surrounding the policy of President Jackson. It dealt with were a conflict between the Federal Government and the State of South Carolina to an import tariff law. This conflict culminated shortly after the end of Tucker's time in Congress in the Nullifikationskrise. Other points of contention were the controversial Indian Removal Act and the Bank's policy of President Jackson.

After retiring from Congress to Starling Tucker retired from politics and devoted himself to his private affairs. He died on 3 January 1834.