George Washington Bridges

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George Washington Bridges
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Personal details
Born (1825-10-09)October 9, 1825
Charleston, Tennessee
Died March 16, 1873(1873-03-16) (aged 47)
Athens, Tennessee
Political party Unionist
Alma mater East Tennessee University
Profession Attorney

George Washington Bridges (October 9, 1825 – March 16, 1873) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 3rd congressional district of Tennessee.


Bridges was born in Charleston, Tennessee in Bradley County. He attended East Tennessee University, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1848. He commenced practice in Athens, Tennessee in McMinn County.


The attorney general of Tennessee from 1849 to 1860, Bridged was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress, and was to serve from March 4, 1861 to March 3, 1863.[1] However, he was arrested by Confederate troops while en route to Washington, D.C. and taken back to Tennessee. He was held prisoner for more than a year before he made his escape and went to Washington, D.C., and assumed his duties. He was qualified and took his seat in the House of Representatives on February 25, 1863, serving until March 3, 1863.

Bridges enlisted in the Union Army as a captain on August 25, 1863. He was mustered in as a lieutenant colonel in the 10th Tennessee Cavalry on February 23, 1864, and he was discharged on December 29 of that year. He was elected circuit judge of the fourth judicial circuit of Tennessee in 1866 and served for about one year.[2]


Bridges died in Athens, Tennessee on March 16, 1873 and is interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "George Washington Bridges". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "George Washington Bridges". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "George Washington Bridges". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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