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John Bennett Dawson

John Bennett Dawson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
In office
1841 - 1843
Preceded by Thomas Withers Chinn
Succeeded by Alcée Louis la Branche
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd district
In office
1843 - 1845
Preceded by John Moore
Succeeded by John Henry Harmanson
Personal details
Born (1798-03-17)March 17, 1798
Nashville, Tennessee
Died June 26, 1845(1845-06-26) (aged 47)
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margaret Johnson
Profession planter
Religion Episcopalian

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


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4

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] Subsequently, he was Parish judge for West Feliciana Parish.

He ran for Governor of the state, unsuccessfully, in 1834. He was elected as a Democrat representing the Second District to the 27th and representing the 3rd District in the 28th Congress, and 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 was 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, DC.[2]


  1. ^ Louisiana House of Representatives, List of Members
  2. ^ "John Bennett Dawson". Find-a-grave. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Withers Chinn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district

1841 – 1843
Succeeded by
Alcée Louis la Branche
Preceded by
John Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district

1843 – 1845
Succeeded by
John Henry Harmanson
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