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Name Berrien, John MacPherson, 1781-1856
Othernames John MacPherson Berrien
John McPherson Berrien
Born 1781
Places of residence - He moved with his parents to Savannah, Georgia, in 1783
- He owned several residences in Georgia including Morton Hall Plantation.
Nationality American
Education Princeton College
Notes - Served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia, - Active in the Lyceum movement He owned several residences in Georgia including Morton Hall Plantation.
- A brilliant lawyer called the "Cicero of the South."
- A founder and several times president of the Georgia Historical Society
- Member of the Savannah Anacreontic Society
Occupation - Admitted to the bar in 1799
- Elected solicitor of the eastern judicial circuit in 1809, he then became judge of the same circuit in 1810 and served until 1821
- Served in the war of 1812 with the Chatham Light Dragoons and in the First Georgia Cavalry
- Served in the Georgia state senate from 1822-1823 and in the U.S. Senate from 1824-1829, 1841-1852.
- From 1829-1831, he served as Attorney General under President Jackson

Role Politician
Spouse He was married twice: first to Eliza Anciaux and later to Eliza C. Hunter.
Children Between both marriages, he had fourteen children.

Associated Records

Image of MS 67-01-04-72 - Letter

MS 67-01-04-72 - Letter

Sent from Philadelphia. Regards the death of his mother, Mrs. Shaw, as well as the illness of their cousin Mary Berrien.

Image of MS 67-01-01-07 - Letter

MS 67-01-01-07 - Letter

Letter sent from Washington. From President Andrew Jackson and his Attorney General J. M. Berrien. Regarding Cherokee Nation.

Image of MS 67-10-04-1292 - Clipping, Newspaper

MS 67-10-04-1292 - Clipping, Newspaper

Newspaper clipping and typewritten history of Berrien House located on the corner of Broughton and Habersham street, Savannah, Georgia.

Image of A-0067-002 - Badge

A-0067-002 - Badge

Judge John MacPherson Berrien's badge from the Savannah Anachreontic Society, engraved "John M. Berrien" and "Savannah Anachrontic Society" and on the backside "17"

Image of A-1361-043 - Painting

A-1361-043 - Painting

Portrait of Judge John MacPherson Berrien by Alfred J. Gustin.