David A. Starkweather

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David Austin Starkweather
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded by Matthias Shepler
Succeeded by Ezra Dean
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by Ezra Dean
Succeeded by Samuel Lahm
8th United States Ambassador to Chile
In office
November 22, 1854 – August 26, 1857
Appointed by Franklin Pierce
Preceded by Balie Peyton
Succeeded by John Bigler
Personal details
Born (1802-01-21)January 21, 1802
Preston, Connecticut
Died July 12, 1876(1876-07-12) (aged 74)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Children four
Alma mater Williams College

David Austin Starkweather (1802–1876) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio and a U.S. diplomat.

Starkweather was born in Preston, Connecticut on January 21, 1802. He graduated from Williams College and studied law with his brother in Cooperstown, New York.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1825, establishing a practice in Mansfield, Ohio. He located in Canton, Ohio in 1828.[1]

He was a judge in one of the higher courts in Stark County, Ohio. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1833 to 1835, and a member of the Ohio Senate from 1836 to 1838. He was a representative of the Democrats in Congress from Ohio from 1839 to 1841 and again from 1845 to 1847. In his first term, he was a member of the Committee on Roads and Canals, and a member of the Committee on Invalid Pensions the second term.[1] He was chosen a Presidential elector in 1848 for Cass/Butler,[2] and served as U.S. Envoy to Chile from 1854 to 1857. He lost election to Ohio's 18th congressional district in 1860.

Starkweather died of paralysis at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Brinsmade, in Cleveland, Ohio, July 12, 1876. He had three daughters and one son.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Danner, John, ed. (1904). Old Landmarks of Canton and Stark County, Ohio. Logansport, Indiana: B F Brown. pp. 254–255. OCLC 79257924.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Taylor 1899 : 255

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