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Hopkins HOLSEY

(1779-1859)

HOLSEY, Hopkins, a Representative from Georgia; born near Lynchburg, Campbell County, Va., August 25, 1779; received an English training and attended the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; was graduated from a law school in Litchfield, Conn.; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hamilton, Ga.; held several local offices and represented Hancock County several years in the State house of representatives; moved to Harris County; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James C. Terrell; reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from October 5, 1835, to March 3, 1839; moved to Athens, Ga., and engaged in newspaper work as publisher of the Southern Banner; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; relinquished the newspaper business and resumed the practice of law, in Butler, Ga.; died at his home, “Brightwater,” near Butler, Ga., March 31, 1859; interment on his estate.

Bibliography

Montgomery, Horace. “Hopkins Holsey.” in Georgians in Profile, edited by Horace Montgomery. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1958.

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

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