Kentucky Historical Society
MERIWETHER, David (1800-1893)
Senate Years of Service: 1852-1852

MERIWETHER, DAVID, a Senator from Kentucky; born in Louisa County, Va., October 30, 1800; moved with his parents to Jefferson County, Ky., in 1803; attended the common schools; engaged in fur trading in 1818 near what is now Council Bluffs, Iowa; later engaged in agricultural pursuits in Jefferson County, Ky.; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice; member, State house of representatives 1832-1845; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1849; secretary of State of Kentucky 1851; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Clay and served from July 6, to August 31, 1852, when a successor was elected; was not a candidate for renomination in 1852; appointed by President Franklin Pierce as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico 1853-1857; member, Kentucky house of representatives 1858-1885, and served as speaker in 1859; retired to his plantation near Louisville, Ky., where he died April 4, 1893; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: 1800-1855. 1 volume. 165 pages, typed copy of memoirs.

Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1 letter (1852) from McKnight in Virgil McKnight papers.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 1877. 1 item.

University of Nevada
Special Collections
Reno, NV
Papers: Galley proofs for Meriwether's autobiography, edited by Robert A. Griffen, 1965. 285 pages.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1778-1886. 1 box.

  • Meriwether, David. My Life in the Mountains and on the Plains: The Newly Discovered Autobiography. Edited by Robert A. Griffen. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1965.