David Meriwether, Governor, U.S. Senator

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About David Meriwether, Governor, U.S. Senator

David Meriwether (October 30, 1800 – April 4, 1893) was a United States Senator from Kentucky and Governor of New Mexico Territory.

Born in Louisa County, Virginia, Meriwether moved with his parents to Jefferson County, Kentucky, in 1803. He attended the common schools and engaged in fur trading in 1818 near what is now Council Bluffs, Iowa. He later engaged in agricultural pursuits in Jefferson County.

Meriwether studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice. He was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1832 to 1845. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1847 to the Thirtieth Congress. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1849, and was Secretary of State of Kentucky in 1851.

Meriwether was appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Clay, and served from July 6, 1852 to August 31, 1852, when a successor was elected. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1852.

He was appointed by President Franklin Pierce as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, after the position was turned down by Solon Borland, from 1853 to 1855. He later served again in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1858 to 1885, and served as speaker in 1859. After this he retired to his plantation near Louisville, Kentucky. He was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

See the book "My Life in the Mountains and on the Plains" an autobiography of David Meriwether taken from dictation by his grand daughter. It covers the Governor's life through his terms as Governor in New Mexico. The book is currently out of print but can be found with on line book searchs. It was published by University of Oklahoma Press, edited by Robert A. Griffen. Copyright 1965. Library of Congress catalog card number: 65-11240.

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David Meriwether, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1800
October 30, 1800
Louisa, Virginia, United States
1823
March 2, 1823
Age 22
Kentucky, United States
1825
May 26, 1825
Age 24
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
1827
1827
Age 26
Kentucky, United States
1829
January 8, 1829
Age 28
Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
1830
December 1, 1830
Age 30
Kentucky, United States
1831
December 23, 1831
Age 31
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
1833
1833
Age 32
Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
1835
January 29, 1835
Age 34
Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States