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John Henry LUMPKIN

(1812-1860)

LUMPKIN, John Henry, (nephew of Wilson Lumpkin), a Representative from Georgia; born in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Ga., June 13, 1812; attended rural schools and Franklin College (now the University of Georgia) at Athens and Yale College in 1831 and 1832; appointed private secretary to his uncle, Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1834 and commenced practice in Rome, Ga.; member of the State house of representatives in 1835; solicitor general of the Cherokee circuit in 1838; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1849); judge of the superior court, Rome circuit, 1850-1853; elected to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); was not a candidate for renomination in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Rome, Ga.; was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Georgia in 1857; served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Charleston, S.C., in 1860; died in Rome, Ga., July 10, 1860; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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