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George Washington OWEN

(1796-1837)

OWEN, George Washington, a Representative from Alabama; born in Brunswick County, Va., on October 20, 1796; moved with his parents to Tennessee; attended the common schools and was graduated from the University of Nashville Tennessee; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Claiborne, Ala.; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1821 to the Seventeenth Congress; member of the State house of representatives 1819-1821 and served as speaker in 1821; elected as a Jackson Republican candidate to the Eighteenth Congress, and reelected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1829); appointed collector of the port of Mobile by President Jackson and served from April 20, 1828, to July 20, 1836; elected mayor of Mobile in 1836 and held the position until his death, which occurred on his plantation near Mobile, Ala., August 18, 1837; interment in the Old Church Street Cemetery, Mobile, Ala.

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

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