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George Alfred CALDWELL

(1814-1866)

CALDWELL, George Alfred, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Columbia, Adair County, Ky., October 18, 1814; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Adair County; member of the State house of representatives in 1839 and 1840; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Twenty-eighth Congress); commissioned major and quartermaster of Volunteers in the war with Mexico June 26, 1846; major of Infantry March 3, 1847, and major of voltigeurs April 9, 1847; brevetted lieutenant colonel September 13, 1847 for service in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mexico; honorably mustered out August 25, 1848; elected to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Thirty-first Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the Thirty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law in Louisville; delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866; died in Louisville, Ky., September 17, 1866; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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

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