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Henry Gray TURNER

(1839-1904)

TURNER, Henry Gray, a Representative from Georgia; born near Henderson, Franklin County, N.C., March 20, 1839; attended the common schools and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1857; moved to Brooks County, Ga., in 1859 and taught school; enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in 1861, and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of captain; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1865 and commenced practice in Quitman, Ga.; member of the State house of representatives 1874-1876; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; again served in the State house of representatives in 1878 and 1879; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1897); chairman, Committee on Elections (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Fifty-third Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1896; resumed the practice of law in Quitman, Ga.; appointed associate justice of the supreme court of Georgia in 1903; died in Raleigh, N.C., June 9, 1904; interment in West End Cemetery, Quitman, Ga.

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

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