John Goff Ballentine

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John Goff Ballentine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Personal details
Born May 20, 1825 (1825-05-20)
Pulaski, Tennessee
Died November 23, 1915 (1915-11-24) (aged 90)
Pulaski, Tennessee
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Laird Ballentine
Children Sallie Leverette Ballentine

John Goff Ballentine

Adelaide Ballentine

Margaret Palmer Ballentine

Alma mater University of Nashville

Harvard University

Profession Attorney


Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Rank Private
Unit First Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Goff Ballentine (May 20, 1825 – November 23, 1915) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 7th congressional district and a colonel in the Confederate army.


Ballentine was born on May 20, 1825 in Pulaski, Tennessee in Giles County son of Andrew Mitchell and Mary Tuttle Goff Ballentine. He graduated from Wurtemberg Academy in 1841, from the University of Nashville in 1845, and from the law department of Harvard University in 1848. He was a member of the faculty of Livingston Law School in New York. He commenced the practice of law in Pulaski.[1]


Ballentine moved to Panola County, Mississippi about 1854, continued the practice of law, and engaged in the extensive family agricultural pursuits. There he met and married Miss Mary E. Laird, daughter of Dr. Henry Laird of Belmont. The couple had four children.[2] He settled in Memphis, Tennessee in 1860. He served as a colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After the war, he returned to Pulaski, Tennessee.

Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses, Ballentine served from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1887.[3] He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1886 and retired from active pursuits.


Ballentine died in Pulaski, Tennessee on November 23, 1915 (age 90 years, 187 days). He is interred at the New Pulaski Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "John Goff Ballentine". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "John Goff Ballentine". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "John Goff Ballentine". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "John Goff Ballentine". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

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