John Forsyth Edit Profile
He was an attorney who graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1799.
He served in the United States House of Representatives (1813–1818 and 1823–1827), the United States Senate (1818–1819 and 1829–1834), and as the 33rd Governor of Georgia (1827–1829). He was the United States Secretary of State from 1834 until 1841. In this role he led the government's response to the Amistad case.
Forsyth was appointed as Secretary of State in reward for his efforts. Led the pro-removal reply to Theodore Frelinghuysen about the Indian Removal Act of 1830. He supported slavery and was a slaveholder himself.
He died in Washington, D.C., and was buried in Congressional Cemetery. Forsyth County, Georgia is named for him. He died the day before his 61st birthday.
In the 1997 Steven Spielberg movie, Amistad, John Forsyth's character was played by American character actor David Paymer.
Member United States House of Representatives from Georgia, 13th-15th congresses, 1813-November 23, 1818, 18th-20th congresses, 1823-1829. Member United States Senate from Georgia, November 23, 1818-February 17, 1819, November 9, 1829-June 27, 1834.
He was a loyal follower of Andrew Jackson and opposed John C. Calhoun in the issue of nullification.
Married Clara Meigs, several children.