|Creator:||Meriwether, James A., 1806-1852|
|Title:||James A. Meriwether letter to Alexander Stephens|
|Dates:||1843 January 25|
|Quantity:||0.03 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1488 to MS 1495)|
James A. Meriwether was a Representative from Georgia. He was born near Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia on September 20, 1806. Meriwether completed prepatory studies and graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1826. He studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Eatonton, Putnam County, Ga. He was a member of the state house of representatives from 1831-1836 and 1838. James A. Meriwether was a judge of the superior court of the Eatonton (Ocmulgee) district 1845-1849. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843). He was again a member of the state house of representatives in 1843, 1851 and served as speaker of the state house of representatives in 1852. He died in Eatonton, Ga. on April 18, 1852. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress http://bioguide.congress.gov (Retrieved January 15, 2009)
Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883), lawyer, politician, Vice President of the Confederate States of America, and Georgia Governor, born in Wilkes County, Georgia.
The collection consists of a letter dated 25 January 1843 written by Congressman James A. Meriwether from Washington, D.C. to Alexander Stephens. It discusses Calhoun, Van Buren, and Clay as possible candidates for the Presidency. Also discussed is what is needed to get the right governor elected who will support their candidate for president.
James A. Meriwether letter, MS 1489. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.