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Eugenius Aristides NISBET

(1803-1871)

NISBET, Eugenius Aristides, (cousin of Mark Anthony Cooper), a Representative from Georgia; born near Union Point, Greene County, Ga., December 7, 1803; completed preparatory studies; attended the Powellton Academy, Hancock County, Ga., 1815-1817 and the University of South Carolina at Columbia 1817-1819; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1821; was admitted to the bar by a special act of the legislature before he was twenty-one and commenced the practice of law in Madison, Morgan County, Ga., in 1824; member of the State house of representatives 1827-1830; served in the State senate 1830-1837; moved to Macon, Ga., in 1837 and resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful Whig candidate for election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1839, until October 12, 1841, when he resigned; associate judge of the supreme court of Georgia 1845-1853; member of the secession convention of Georgia in January 1861 and was the author of the ordinance of secession; unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1861; died in Macon, Bibb County, Ga., March 18, 1871; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

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