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Junius HILLYER

(1807-1886)

HILLYER, Junius, a Representative from Georgia; born in Wilkes County, Ga., April 23, 1807; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1828; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Athens; elected solicitor general for the western district of Georgia in 1834; circuit judge 1841-1845; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-second Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-third Congress); Solicitor of the United States Treasury from December 1, 1857, to February 13, 1861, when he resigned; died in Decatur, Ga., June 21, 1886; interment in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.

Bibliography

Vinson, Frank B. “Junius Hillyer’s 1838 Union Party Letter.” Georgia Historical Quarterly 64 (Summer 1980): 204-15.

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

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