John W. Maddox

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John W. Maddox (June 3, 1848 – September 27, 1922) was a U.S. Representative from Georgia.

Born on a farm near Gore, Georgia, Maddox attended the common schools. During the Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate States Army in Company E, Sixth Georgia Cavalry, in 1863 and served until the end of the war. He attended school in Summerville and Bethel Church. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and in railroad construction work in 1871. Deputy sheriff of Chattooga County. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in Summerville, Georgia. He served as mayor of Summerville in 1877. County commissioner 1878-1880. He served as a member of the State house of representatives 1880-1884. He served in the State senate 1884-1886.

Maddox was elected judge of the superior court, Rome circuit, in 1886, and was reelected in 1890, resigning the office September 1, 1892. He moved to Rome, Georgia, in 1890.

Maddox was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1905). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1904. He resumed the practice of law. He served as mayor of Rome in 1906 and 1907. He was appointed judge of the Superior Court of Georgia in 1908.

Maddox was elected in 1910 and served until his resignation on February 1, 1912, having become president of the State Mutual Life Insurance Co.. He also engaged in the practice of law. He died in Rome, Georgia, September 27, 1922. He was interred in Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

His grandson of the same name, known as John W. Maddox Sr., is the namesake of the John Maddox Track at Barron Stadium in Rome, Georgia.[1]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert W. Everett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1905
Succeeded by
Gordon Lee