George Thomas Barnes

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George Thomas Barnes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by Thomas Hardeman, Jr.
Succeeded by Thomas E. Watson
Personal details
Born August 14, 1833
Augusta, Georgia
Died October 24, 1901
Augusta, Georgia
Nationality  United States
Political party Democratic
Occupation Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate National Flag since Mar 4 1865.svg Confederate States Army
Service/branch Seal of the Confederate States of America.svg Confederate States Army
Rank Confederate States of America Major.png Major
Unit Washington Light Artillery Company
Battles/wars American Civil War


George Thomas Barnes (August 14, 1833 – October 24, 1901) was a Georgia state legislator, military officer, and United States Representative.

Biography[edit]

Barnes was born in the Summerville suburb of Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens in 1855 with a Bachelor of Arts (A.B. degree. He was admitted to the state bar in 1855 and became a practicing lawyer in Augusta.

During the American Civil War, Barnes served as a second lieutenant and major brevet in the Confederate States Army as a member of the Washington Light Artillery Company. He was also a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1860 through 1865. From 1876 through 1884, Barnes served on the Democratic National Committee.

In 1884, Barnes was elected as a Democrat to the 49th United States Congress as the Representative for Georgia's 10th congressional district. He was re-elected to that position for two additional terms before losing his bid for reelection in 1890. After his congressional service, Barnes returned to the practice of law. Barnes was a UGA trustee for the last two years of his life before dying in Augusta on October 24, 1901. He was buried in City Cemetery in that same city.

References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Hardeman, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1891
Succeeded by
Thomas E. Watson