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George GOLDTHWAITE

(1809-1879)
Senate Years of Service:
1871-1877
Party:
Democrat

GOLDTHWAITE, George, a Senator from Alabama; born in Boston, Mass., December 10, 1809; attended the public schools; studied at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1823-1826; moved to Alabama in 1826; studied law; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Monticello, Pike County, Ala.; judge of the circuit court 1843-1852; associate justice of the State supreme court 1852-1856; appointed chief justice in 1856, but resigned, and resumed the practice of law; served as adjutant general of Alabama during the Civil War; elected judge of the circuit court in 1868, but was disqualified from serving; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1877; was not a candidate for reelection; retired from public life; died in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 16, 1879, interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Watson, Elbert L. “George Thomas Goldthwaite.” In Alabama United States Senators, pp. 80-81. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.

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

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