Colonel Robert Weakley

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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