eneral Jonathan McCarty was born in Virginia, August 3, 1795, reared on his father's farm in Franklin county, Indiana, within sight of the village of Brookville and on the banks of Whitewater River, and in the little log schoolhouse of that place he received his education. For a time he assisted his brother in the duties of the Clerk's Office, at intervals reading law, without the assistance of a living teacher, and at length he was licensed to practice at the bar. He was soon elected to the Legislature from Franklin County, and as a member of that body he procured the passage of a law creating the county of Fayette.
Soon Afterward he removed to the new county, settling at the County Seat, Connersville, where he was the first Clerk of the Courts and also performed other duties in county offices, ex officio, serving until 1828. The next year he was appointed receiver of public moneys in the Land Office at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and in 1830 he moved his family there. In 1828 he ran for Congress on the Democratic ticket, but was defeated by Judge John Test, of Brookville, a National Republican. In 1831 he was elected to Congress from his district, defeating his former competitors, Judge Test and Oliver H. Smith, in a heated canvass. He served his district from 1831 to 1837, and in 1848 or '49 removed to Keokuk, Iowa, where he died about 1852, and where now rest his remains. He was a man of limited scholastic training, but possessed great natural powers. He was one of the most talented men of Indiana, a forceful and eloquent speaker.