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Thomas Jefferson SPEER

(1837-1872)

SPEER, Thomas Jefferson, a Representative from Georgia; born in Monroe County, Ga., August 31, 1837; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits and as a planter; elected justice of the peace in 1861 and reelected in 1865; appointed collector of Confederate taxes for Pike County in June 1863, serving until the cessation of hostilities; elected justice of the inferior court for Pike County in 1865, serving until July 1868; delegate to the State constitutional convention 1867-1868; member of the State senate 1868-1870; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second Congress and served from March 4, 1871, until his death in Barnesville, Lamar County, Ga., August 18, 1872; interment in Zebulon Street Cemetery.

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

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