Robert Weakley (1764 - 1845)

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Birthplace: Halifax, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Davidson, Tennessee, United States
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About Robert Weakley

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor # A123032

Joined Revolutionary Army at 16. Moved to TN, 1785. State Representative, 1796. US Representative, 1809-11. State Senator, 1823-24. Member of TN Constitutional Convention, 1834. Married Jane Locke, 1791.

US Congressman. A notable figure in early Tennessee history, he represented the state as a Democratic-Republican in the 11th Congress, serving from March 4, 1809 to March 3, 1811. The Virginia native was educated in Princeton, New Jersey. He joined the Revolutionary Army at age 16 and saw action at the Battle of Guilford Court House (1781). In 1785 he moved to the part of North Carolina that later became Tennessee and was soon involved in its agricultural and political affairs. Weakley took part in the North Carolina convention that ratified the US Constitution (1789), and when Tennessee was admitted to statehood in 1796 he was elected to its first State House of Representatives. Following his single term on Capitol Hill he was appointed a US Commissioner to negotiate with the Chickasaw Indians (1819), was a member of the State Senate in 1823 and 1824 (serving as president in the first term), and attended the 1834 State Constitutional Convention. Tennessee's Weakley County, created from Indian lands in 1823, is named for him. Weakley was originally buried in the family vault at his estate near Nashville, "Lockland". He was reinterred at Nashville's Mount Olivet Cemetery in 1947

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Col. Robert Weakley, US Congress's Timeline

July 2, 1764
Halifax, Virginia, United States
Age 26
Age 27
Age 33
Age 36
Age 40
Davidson County, TN
February 4, 1845
Age 80
Davidson, Tennessee, United States
Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Davidson County Tennessee