An article taken from Biographical Directory of the United
States Congress 1774-1989 (1989).
Robert Weakley was born in Halifax County, Virginia on July,
1764; attended Princeton (N. J.) schools. At the age of sixteen
and he joined the Revolutionary army and served until the close
of the Revolutionary war. He moved in 1785 to that part of North
Carolina which later became the State of Tennessee and engaged in
agricultural pursuits. He became a member of the North Carolina
convention that ratified the Constitution of the United States in
1789. Colonel Weakley became a member of the first State house of
representatives in 1796. He was elected as a Republican to the
Eleventh United States Congress and served from March 4, 1809 to
March 3, 1811. Following his term in Congress he was appointed
United States commissioner to assist in the development of a
treaty with the Chickasaw Indians in 1819. From 1823 to 1824,
Weakley served as a member of the Tennessee State Senate and
presided as President of the Senate in 1823. In his later years,
he served as a member of the State constitutional convention of
1834. Colonel Robert Weakley died near Nashville on February 4,
1845. He is interred in the family vault at "Lockland," on his
former estate in the suburbs of Nashville.
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