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William Willis GARTH

(1828-1912)

GARTH, William Willis, a Representative from Alabama; born in Morgan County, Ala., October 28, 1828; pursued classical studies in Lagrange, Va., and at Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va.; studied law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; was admitted to the Alabama bar and commenced the practice of law in Huntsville, Ala.; during the Civil War was lieutenant colonel on the staff of General Longstreet in the Confederate Army; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878; resumed the practice of law; died in Huntsville, Ala., on February 25, 1912; interment in Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

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