Henry Hull Carlton

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Henry Hull Carlton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 8th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by Seaborn Reese
Succeeded by Thomas G. Lawson
Member of the Georgia Senate
In office
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born May 14, 1835
Athens, Georgia
Died 26 October 1905(1905-10-26) (aged 70)
Athens, Georgia
Resting place Oconee Hill Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Georgia
Jefferson Medical College
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Confederate States of America Major.png Major
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
American Civil War

Henry Hull Carlton (May 14, 1835 – October 26, 1905) was an American politician, medical doctor, journalist and soldier.


Carlton was born in Athens, Georgia in 1835. He attended the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens for two years before attending and graduating from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1857.

During the American Civil War, Carlton held the ranks of lieutenant, captain, and major of artillery in the Confederate States Army. He maintained a medical practice until 1872. The next year he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in the State General Assembly and served in that role until 1877, a year in which he also served as speaker pro tempore of that institution.

Carlton was editor and proprietor of the Athens Banner (Banner Watchman) (currently the Athens Banner Herald) until 1880. During this time he also studied law, gained admittance to the state bar in 1881 and began a law practice in Athens. Carlton also served as Athens city attorney (1881 and 1882). In 1884, Carlton was elected to the Georgia Senate and served as its president in 1884 and 1885. Running as a Democrat, he was elected to the 50th United States Congress as a Representative and was re-elected to one additional term in that body.

After his federal congressional service, Carlton served an additional term in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1899 before serving in the Spanish–American War as a major in the inspector general's office. He died in Athens in 1905 and was buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery in that same city.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Seaborn Reese
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Succeeded by
Thomas G. Lawson