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John Bennett Dawson

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John Bennett Dawson
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byThomas Withers Chinn
Succeeded byAlcée Louis la Branche
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1843 – June 26, 1845
Preceded byJohn Moore
Succeeded byJohn Henry Harmanson
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1798-03-17)March 17, 1798
Nashville, Tennessee
DiedJune 26, 1845(1845-06-26) (aged 47)
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Margaret Johnson

John Bennett Dawson (March 17, 1798 – June 26, 1845) was a United States House of Representatives member from the state of Louisiana.

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Nearly two decades after 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was found murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, the unsolved case continues to raise questions and grab headlines. In September 2016, Dr. Phil McGraw is scheduled to interview JonBenét's brother, Burke, on his CBS talk show, ​but the timing of Burke’s interview is no coincidence: December 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of JonBenét's 1996 murder, and his interview will air just days before the premiere of The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, also on CBS. "Some people have speculated that you have been hiding out for this last 20 years." "Burke Ramsey breaks his silence." Will Burke be able to clear up some of the things that never made sense about the JonBenet Ramsey case? The Discovery JonBenét's body was found the day after Christmas in the basement of the Ramseys' home, roughly eight hours after her parents, Patsy and John Ramsey, reported her missing. So why didn't her parents check their own basement before calling the cops? Investigators initially noted there were no signs of a break-in, adding to suspicions against the family. Compromised Crime Scene A big reason why all leads turned out to be dead ends? Police didn't seal off the crime scene, allowing family and friends to walk around the house after the crime was reported. Former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner explained via Reddit that since the crime occurred on a holiday, there were fewer officers available to get to the scene. Shady Neighborhood The Ramsey family's mansion reportedly wasn't located in the nicest neighborhood, with CBS News reporting that there were more than 100 burglaries in the area in the weeks and months before JonBenét's death. The community also had a seemingly high concentration of potential criminals, with 38 registered sex offenders living within two miles of the family's house at the time of the murder. The Ransom Note Patsy Ramsey claimed to have found a two-and-a-half-page handwritten ransom note, under some unusual circumstances. It demanded the bizarrely precise sum of $118,000 for her daughter's return. That amount was almost exactly what John earned in a bonus that year. In his Reddit interview, Beckner said experts had never before encountered a ransom note with such strange content. Authorities analyzed samples of Patsy and John's handwriting. While John was ruled out, Patsy's sample was deemed inconclusive. Staged? In his Reddit interview, Beckner said the cause of JonBenét's death was strangulation, but she was also hit on the head close to an hour earlier, rendering her unconscious. Beckner then explained: "The rest of the scene we believe was staged, including the [sexual assault], to make it look like a kidnapping/assault gone bad. I have avoided saying who I believe is responsible and let the facts speak for themselves." False Confession Nearly 10 years after the case first made headlines, the tragedy was in the news yet again in 2006, when John Mark Karr, a teacher living in Thailand, claimed he was guilty of JonBenét's murder—and that it was an accident resulting from a bizarre sexual encounter. He also claimed that he had drugged his victim. Here's where it gets even creepier: none of that happened. DNA tests proved Karr was nowhere near the crime scene, and no traces of drugs were found in JonBenét's system. And Beckner could further rule out Karr’s culpability: "We were able to confirm he was not even in Colorado at the time by just doing some routine checking and then obtained photos of him in Georgia at the time." The Intruder Theory While the initial police reports claimed there were no signs of forced entry, a damaged basement window was later investigated as a possible entry point for the intruder/killer. Detective Jim Kolar worked on the JonBenét case and detailed the investigation in his book, Foreign Faction: Who Really Killed JonBenét Ramsey? Kolar didn't believe there was an intruder involved, since cobwebs in the window through which the supposed intruder entered the home weren’t disturbed. Kolar also claims that a shard of glass from the broken window was found resting on the window sill and that, too, likely would have been brushed away with the cobwebs by an entering intruder. ​ Unidentified DNA Kolar also claims that DNA from two males and one female was found under JonBenét's fingernails. Unfortunately, the DNA evidence was "too tiny and badly degraded" to determine whether its source was skin, tissue, or blood. What investigators do know is that it didn't match the DNA evidence from the unknown male found elsewhere. Kolar went on to say, "If you look at all the trace samples involved in this, if you follow the DNA evidence solely, then we should be looking for six perpetrators, not one." District Attorney Mary Lacy explained why this unused DNA evidence may not be valuable, however, telling Westword, "The DNA in your tests could be there because of a contact that was weeks, months, even years before the crime occurred. It's not possible to make inferences about the tissue source here." ​ Abuse Allegations Kolar claims records show JonBenét visited her pediatrician 27 times over the last three years of her life, but the quantity of visits was not "excessive," according to her doctor, and did not indicate signs of sexual abuse. However, Kolar claims that when he presented JonBenét's autopsy report and photos to other physicians, they agreed that she likely suffered from some sort of sexual assault before her death, which was adamantly denied by the family. ​ The Indictment In 1996, a grand jury sought to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death and being accessories to a crime, according to court documents released three years later. Potential charges included placing JonBenét “in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life," as well as obstructing justice. "Furthermore, the documents accuse each parent of helping someone suspected of the crime to avoid arrest. Whether that means they helped each other or another is unclear." District attorneys, however, did not pursue these charges due to insufficient evidence. The Ramseys' attorney called the indictments "nonsensical," saying they "reveal nothing about the evidence reviewed by the grand jury and are clearly the result of a confused and compromised process." Given the twists and turns this case has taken over two decades, it seems less likely than ever that we'll get to the truth of what really happened to JonBenét.... ​ Thanks for watching. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch more videos like the one you just saw...


Early life

Born near Nashville, Tennessee on March 17, 1798, he went to Center College in Danville, Kentucky. He moved to Louisiana and became a planter residing at Wyoming Plantation; he was also interested in the newspaper business. He married Margaret Johnson and together they had four children. His daughter Anna Ruffin Dawson married Robert C. Wickliffe who would serve as Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Louisiana in the 1850s.

Political career

From 1823-1824, Dawson was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives representing Feliciana Parish.[1]

He ran for Governor of the state, unsuccessfully, in 1834, being defeated by Whig candidate Edward D. White.

He was elected as a Democrat representing the Second District to the 27th, and representing the Third District in the 28th Congress; he served from March 4, 1841, until his death on June 26, 1845. He defeated James M. Elam (Whig) in the election of 1843.

He served as major-general in the State militia, judge of the parish court in West Feliciana Parish, and U.S. postmaster at New Orleans from April 10, 1843, until December 19, 1843.


Dawson died on June 26, 1845. His remains were interred in Grace Episcopal churchyard in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

In his memory, a cenotaph was erected at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C..[2]

See also


  1. ^ Louisiana House of Representatives, List of Members
  2. ^ "John Bennett Dawson". Find-a-grave. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Withers Chinn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district

1841 – 1843
Succeeded by
Alcée Louis la Branche
Preceded by
John Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district

1843 – 1845
Succeeded by
John Henry Harmanson
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