Library of Congress
FORSYTH, John (1780-1841)
Senate Years of Service: 1818-1819; 1829-1834

FORSYTH, JOHN, a Representative and a Senator from Georgia; born in Fredericksburg, Va., October 22, 1780; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1799; moved to Augusta, Ga.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1802 and commenced practice; elected attorney general of Georgia in 1808; elected as a Democratic Republican to the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Congresses, and served from March 4, 1813, until his resignation, effective November 23, 1818; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Fifteenth Congress); elected to the United States Senate as a Democratic Republican on November 7, 1818, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George M. Troup, and served from November 23, 1818, to February 17, 1819, when he resigned to accept a diplomatic appointment; Minister to Spain 1819-1823; elected to the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses and served from March 4, 1823, until his resignation, effective November 7, 1827; never served in the Twentieth Congress; chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Eighteenth and Nineteenth Congresses); Governor of Georgia 1827-1829; again elected to the United States Senate as a Jacksonian to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Macpherson Berrien and served from November 9, 1829, to June 27, 1834, when he resigned to accept a Cabinet portfolio; chairman, Committee on Commerce (Twenty-second Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Twenty-second Congress), Committee on Finance (Twenty-second Congress); appointed Secretary of State by President Andrew Jackson; reappointed by President Martin Van Buren and served from 1834 to 1841; died in Washington, D.C., October 21, 1841; interment in Congressional Cemetery.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: December 19, 1837. 1 letter. To F.M. Dimond.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Renwick family papers, 1794-1916.

Duke University
Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 11 items in United States Senators' papers, 1779-1946.

Georgia Department of Archives and History
Atlanta, GA
Papers: Gubernatorial papers.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 1811-1841. 11 items. Finding aid.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Joel Roberts Poinsett papers, 1785-1851; Mary and Elizabeth Gilpin collection, 1739-1878; Lewis S. Coryell correspondence, 1806-1867; James Buchanan papers, 1775-1868; and letters (1814-1837) in Charles Jared Ingersoll papers, 1803-1862.

Johns Hopkins University
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In Edward M. Greenway collection, 1737-1876.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1814-1840. 2 volumes. Accounts, extracts, and other papers, relating to Forsyth's duties as U.S. minister to Spain; and diary of a journey on the ship Othello from Bordeaux to New York.
Papers: Correspondence in Andrew and John White Stevenson family papers, 1756-1882. Finding aid.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1813-1840. 41 items.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: In autographs of American authors and statesmen collection, ca. 1770-1865.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1835-1839. 8 items.

Senate House State Historic Site
Kingston, NY
Papers: Correspondence in DeWitt family papers, 1705-1952 (bulk 1750-1839).

University of Georgia
Hargrett Library for Rare Books and Manuscripts
Athens, GA
Papers: 1824, 1825, 1826. 3 letters. Concern political matters.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: June 8, 1839. 1 letter. From George Mifflin Dallas.

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: Miscellaneous items. Finding aid.

Virginia State Library and Archives
Richmond, VA
Papers: In Tazewell family papers, 1756-1931.

Winthrop College Library
Rock Hill, SC
Papers: Drafts and review of the book John Forsyth: Political Tactician (1962) in Alvin Laroy Duckett papers, 1941-1966. Finding aid.

  • Duckett, Alvin Laroy. John Forsyth: Political Tactician. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962.
  • Mellichamp, Josephine. "John Forsyth.'' In Senators from Georgia, pp. 81-84. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.
  • United States. Congress. Senate. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Wendell H. Ford, United States Senator, 1974-1998. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1998.