Biography and History

John Forsyth, a representative and a senator from Georgia (1818-1819, 1829-1834), was born in Fredericksburg, Va., on October 22, 1780. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1799, moved to Augusta, Ga., studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1802. He was elected to the United States Senate, and appointed secretary of state by President Andrew Jackson. Reappointed by President Martin Van Buren, he served from 1834 to 1841. He died in Washington, D.C., on October 21, 1841.

Source: From the finding aid for C1057