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Hugh BUCHANAN

(1823-1890)

BUCHANAN, Hugh, a Representative from Georgia; born in Argyleshire, Scotland, September 15, 1823; immigrated to the United States and settled in Vermont; attended the public schools of that State; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Newnan, Coweta County, Ga., in 1846; member of the State senate in 1855 and 1857; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1856 and 1868; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Breckinridge and Lane in 1860; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army in June 1861 and served until 1865; elected to the Thirty-ninth Congress, but his credentials were not presented to the House as the State had not been readmitted to representation; appointed judge of the superior court of the Coweta circuit in August 1872 and served until September 1880; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1877; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1885); was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; died in Newnan, Ga., June 11, 1890; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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