George H. Proffit

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George H. Proffit (September 4, 1807 – September 7, 1847) was an American lawyer who served two terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1839 to 1843.


Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Proffit completed preparatory studies. He moved to Petersburg, Indiana, in 1828. He engaged in mercantile pursuits in Petersburg and Portersville, Indiana. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Petersburg, Indiana. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1831, 1832, and 1836–1838.


Proffit was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1842.

Later career and death

He was appointed by President Tyler as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Brazil and served from June 7, 1843, to August 10, 1844, when he returned home, the Senate having refused to confirm his appointment.

He died in Louisville, Kentucky, September 7, 1847, and was interred in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Petersburg, Indiana).


  • United States Congress. "George H. Proffit (id: P000548)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • This article incorporates facts obtained from: Lawrence Kestenbaum, The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by United States Minister to Brazil
11 December 1843 – 10 August 1844
Succeeded by

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