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MERIWETHER, David, soldier, born in Virginia in 1755; died near Athens, Georgia, 16 November, 1822. He entered the Revolutionary army as a lieutenant and served in New Jersey, and afterward in the siege of Savannah, where he was taken prisoner. In 1785 he settled in Wilkes county, Georgia, which he represented several times in the legislature, and he was afterward elected to congress as a Democrat to fill a vacancy, serving from 6 December, 1802, till 3 March, 1807. He was a warm supporter of Jefferson, who appointed him in 1804 a commissioner to treat with the Creek Indians. He was also associated with Andrew Jackson and Governor Joseph McMin, of Tennessee, in negotiating a treaty with the Cherokees MERIWETHER, David, senator, born in Louisa county, Virginia, 30 October, 1800. He removed to Kentucky, was educated in a country school, and in 1818 engaged in the fur-trade. He early entered politics as a Democrat, and between 1832 and 1883 was thirteen times a member of the Kentucky legislature, becoming speaker of the house in 1859. He was in the Constitutional convention of 1849, sat in the United States senate by appointment of the governor, on the death of Henry Clay, from 15 July till 20 December, 1852, and wa.s governor of New Mexico territory from 1853 till 1857.
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