George Sydney Hawkins

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George Sydney Hawkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1857 – January 21, 1861
Preceded byAugustus Maxwell
Succeeded byCharles M. Hamilton
Personal details
Kingston, New York
DiedMarch 15, 1878 (aged 69–70)
Marianna, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materColumbia University

George Sydney Hawkins (1808 – March 15, 1878) was a US Representative from Florida. Born in Kingston, Ulster County, New York; attended the common schools and was graduated from Columbia University, New York City; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Florida and settled in Pensacola, Florida; served as captain in the Indian war of 1837; member of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida; appointed district attorney in 1841; appointed United States district attorney for the Apalachicola district in Florida in 1842; associate justice of the Florida Supreme Court 1846–1850; elected judge of the circuit court in January 1851; member of the Florida House of Representatives; served in the Florida State Senate; collector of customs for the port of Apalachicola; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, to January 21, 1861, when he withdrew; judge of the district court under the Confederate Government 1862–1865; commissioned by the legislation of 1877 to prepare a digest of the State laws of Florida.

In 1832, he married Jane Louisa Early, adopted daughter of Eleazer Early and Jane Meriweather Paterson. She died two years into the marriage.[citation needed]

Hawkins died in Marianna, Florida, in 1878; interment in St. Luke's Episcopal Cemetery.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress - Retro Member details". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  2. ^ Chesnut, Wesley W. (November 26, 2019). "Reflections on a great-grandfather's life". The Times. Retrieved 2020-11-07.

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's at-large congressional district

1857 – 1861
Succeeded by