George Barnes (American politician)

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George Alexander Barnes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byThomas Hardeman, Jr.
Succeeded byThomas E. Watson
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornAugust 14, 1833
Augusta, Georgia
DiedOctober 24, 1901(1901-10-24) (aged 68)
Augusta, Georgia
Nationality United States
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the Confederate States of America (1865).svg Confederate States Army
Branch/serviceSeal of the Confederate States of America.svg Confederate States Army
RankConfederate States of America Major.png Major
UnitWashington Light Artillery Company
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

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


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.


  • United States Congress. "George Barnes (id: B000157)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-10-13
  • History of the University of Georgia, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia, ca. 1949, pp.560-561
U.S. 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