Robert Desha

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Robert Desha
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1831
Personal details
Born(1791-01-14)January 14, 1791
Gallatin, Tennessee
DiedFebruary 6, 1849(1849-02-06) (aged 58)
Mobile, Alabama
Political partyJacksonian
Spouse(s)Eleanor Shelby Desha
ChildrenCaroline Desha

Phoebe Ann Desha

Professionmerchant

politician

 
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Robert Desha
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1831
Personal details
Born(1791-01-14)January 14, 1791
Gallatin, Tennessee
DiedFebruary 6, 1849(1849-02-06) (aged 58)
Mobile, Alabama
Political partyJacksonian
Spouse(s)Eleanor Shelby Desha
ChildrenCaroline Desha

Phoebe Ann Desha

Professionmerchant

politician

Robert Desha(January 14, 1791 - February 6, 1849) was an American politician who represented Tennessee's 5th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Biography[edit]

Desha was born near Gallatin, Tennessee on January 14, 1791 son of Robert and Elinor Wheeler Desha. He attended the public schools and engaged in mercantile business at Gallatin.

Career[edit]

On March 12, 1812, Desha was appointed as a captain in the Twenty-fourth Regiment of the United States Infantry in the War of 1812. He also served as a brevet major before being honorably discharged on June 15, 1815.[1] He married Eleanor Shelby in 1816.[2] They had two daughters, Caroline and Phoebe Ann.[3]

Elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth and Twenty-first Congresses, Dresha served from March 4, 1827 to March 3, 1831.[4] He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1830 for the Twenty-second Congress, moved to Mobile, Alabama and continued to engage in mercantile pursuits there.

Death[edit]

Desha died on February 6, 1849 (age 58 years, 33 days). He was interred in Magnolia Cemetery. He was the brother of U.S. Representative and Kentucky governor Joseph Desha.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Desha". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Robert Desha". Geni.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Robert Desha". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Robert Desha". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Robert Desha". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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