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Eaton, John Henry (18 June 1790–17 November 1856), politician and diplomat, was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, the son of John Eaton, a carriage maker and state assemblyman, and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Eaton attended the University of North Carolina in 1803–1804 and then studied law. Circa 1809 he moved to Franklin, Tennessee, where he inherited nearly 5,000 acres of land from his father and became a prosperous planter and lawyer. He married Myra Lewis, a ward of ...