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Thomas Banks CABANISS

(1835-1915)

CABANISS, Thomas Banks, (cousin of Thomas Chipman McRae), a Representative from Georgia; born in Forsyth, Monroe County, Ga., August 31, 1835; attended private schools and Penfield College; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1853; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1861; entered the Confederate Army April 1, 1861, and served throughout the Civil War; returned to Forsyth, Ga., and commenced the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives 1865-1867; appointed assistant secretary of the State senate in 1870 and secretary in 1873; resigned to become solicitor general of the Flint circuit, which office he held until 1877; served in the State senate 1878-1880 and 1884-1886; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894; appointed a member of the Dawes Commission to adjust affairs in the Indian Territory; mayor of Forsyth, Ga., in 1910; judge of the city court in 1913 and 1914; died in Forsyth, Ga., August 14, 1915; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

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

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