Dutee Jerauld Pearce Edit Profile
Born on the island of Prudence, Rhode Island, Pearce graduated from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island in 1808, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Newport, Rhode Island.
Pearce held various local offices including Attorney general of Rhode Island in 1819–1825 and United States district attorney in 1824 and 1825. Pearce was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses. As an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses.
And as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses. He served in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1837. He was chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Twentieth and Twenty-first Congresses).
An unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress, Pearce resumed his practice. Pearce died in Newport on May 9, 1849 (age 60 years, 36 days). He is interred in the Common Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island.
He served as member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.