John Bennett Dawson
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John Bennett Dawson
John Bennett Dawson
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district

March 4, 1841 - March 3, 1843
Thomas Withers Chinn
Alcée Louis la Branche
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd district

March 4, 1843 - June 26, 1845
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Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives

Personal details
Born(1798-03-17)March 17, 1798
Nashville, Tennessee
DiedJune 26, 1845(1845-06-26) (aged 47)
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Margaret Johnson

John Bennett Dawson (March 17, 1798 - June 26, 1845) was a United States House of Representatives member from the state of Louisiana.

Early life

Born near Nashville, Tennessee on March 17, 1798, he went to Center College in Danville, Kentucky. He moved to Louisiana and became a planter residing at Wyoming Plantation; he was also interested in the newspaper business. He married Margaret Johnson and together they had four children. His daughter Anna Ruffin Dawson married Robert C. Wickliffe who would serve as Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Louisiana in the 1850s.

Political career

From 1823-1824, Dawson was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives representing Feliciana Parish.[1]

He ran for Governor of the state, unsuccessfully, in 1834, being defeated by Whig candidate Edward D. White.

He was elected as a Democrat representing the Second District to the 27th, and representing the Third District in the 28th Congress; he served from March 4, 1841, until his death on June 26, 1845. He defeated James M. Elam (Whig) in the election of 1843.

He served as major-general in the State militia, judge of the parish court in West Feliciana Parish, and U.S. postmaster at New Orleans from April 10, 1843, until December 19, 1843.


Dawson died on June 26, 1845. His remains were interred in Grace Episcopal churchyard in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

In his memory, a cenotaph was erected at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C..[2]

See also


  1. ^ Louisiana House of Representatives, List of Members
  2. ^ "John Bennett Dawson". Find-a-grave. Retrieved 2012.

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