Charles Fenton Mercer Edit Profile
Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1797, postgrad.
General in command 2d Virginia Brigade.
Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1810-1817, advocated increased banking capital of Virginia, founding of new bank, colonization of free United States Negroes in Africa, building of roads and canals, author unsuccessful bill providing for public education from common school through university, 1817, author act granting sword and pension to George Rogers Clark. Member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 15th-26th congresses, 1817-December 26, 1839, Chairman of Commission on canals and roads, commission on District of Columbia, gave speech attacking Andrew Jackson’s maneuvers in Seminole War, 1819. Member Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1829-1830, advocated male suffrage, popular election of important officers, equal representation.