Colonel Robert WEAKLEY

Weakley County was established October 21, 1823 from lands ceded by the Chickasaw Indians. Weakley County was named for Colonel Robert WEAKLEY,  who was at the time Speaker of the Tennessee State Senate.

Thanks to descendants of Robert WEAKLEY, we have photos of both him and his wife, Jane LOCKE WEAKLEY.

Colonel Robert WEAKLEY

Colonel Robert WEAKLEY - painting

Senator Robert WEAKLEY - State Archives collection

Jane WEAKELY - State Archvies Collection


Jane LOCKE WEAKLEY - painting

WEAKLEY, Robert, (1764 - 1845)

WEAKLEY, Robert, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Halifax County, Va., July 20, 1764; attended Princeton (N.J.) schools; joined the Revolutionary Army at the age of sixteen and served until the close of the Revolutionary War; moved in 1785 to that part of North Carolina which later became Tennessee and engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the North Carolina convention that ratified the Constitution of the United States in 1789; member of the first State house of representatives in 1796; elected as a Republican to the Eleventh Congress (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1811); appointed United States commissioner to treat with the Chickasaw Indians in 1819; member of the State senate in 1823 and 1824, serving as president in 1823; member of the State constitutional convention in 1834; died near Nashville, Tenn., February 4, 1845; interment in the family vault at “Lockland,” on his estate in the suburbs of Nashville.

Submitted by Mary Ann & Bob Weakley


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