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John BRATTON

(1831-1898)

BRATTON, John, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Winnsboro, Fairfield County, S.C., March 7, 1831; attended the Academy of Mount Zion Institute in Winnsboro; was graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1850 and from South Carolina Medical College at Charleston in 1853; engaged in the practice of medicine in Winnsboro from 1853 to 1861; also engaged as a planter; volunteered in the Confederate Army as a private and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of brigadier general; member of the State constitutional convention in 1865; served in the State senate in 1866; chairman of the South Carolina delegation in the Democratic National Convention in 1876; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; elected comptroller general of South Carolina by the legislature, to fill a vacancy, in 1881; elected to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John H. Evins and served from December 8, 1884, to March 3, 1885; was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; retired from active politics and again engaged in planting at “Farmington,” near Winnsboro; died in Winnsboro, S.C., January 12, 1898; interment in the Episcopal Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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