Jurist; born in Iredell county, N. C.
, Oct. 30, 1773; enlisted as a private under General Sevier
in 1800, and was with him when the power of the Cherokee Indians
was crushed at the battle of Etowah
is said to have decided that battle, for in the crisis of the action he shot and mortally wounded King Fisher, the leading chief, whereupon the Indians fled in all directions.
then studied law in Philadelphia, Pa.
, and began practice in Knoxville, Tenn.
; was a judge of the Tennessee
Supreme Court in 1811-17; and was elected United States Senator
in 1825 and in 1831.
In the convention at Baltimore, Md.
, May 20, 1836, when Martin Van Buren
was unanimously nominated for President
was not represented, that State having nominated Judge White
in October of the previous year.
Tie carried his State by nearly 10,000 majority and also received the electoral vote of Georgia
In 1840 he was placed upon the Whig
ticket under the leadership of General Harrison
, but owing to ill-health was not able to make the canvass.
He died in Knoxville, Tenn.
, April 10, 1840.