John Goff Ballentine
|John Goff Ballentine|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 7th district
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
|Born||May 20, 1825
|Died||November 23, 1915 (aged 90)
|Spouse(s)||Mary Elizabeth Laird Ballentine|
|Children||Sallie Leverette Ballentine
John Goff Ballentine
Margaret Palmer Ballentine
|Alma mater||University of Nashville|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
|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.
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. 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. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1886 and retired from active pursuits.
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