Thomas G. Lawson

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Thomas Graves Lawson
Thomas G. Lawson
Born (1835-05-02)May 2, 1835
Eatonton, Georgia
Died April 16, 1912(1912-04-16) (aged 76)
Eatonton, Georgia
Nationality American
Occupation Politician
Known for Politician and American Civil War soldier

Thomas Graves Lawson (May 2, 1835 – April 16, 1912) was a Congressional Representative from Georgia.

Early life[edit]

Born near Eatonton, Georgia, Lawson attended private schools and graduated from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1855. He studied law.

Married Mary Frances Reid (1835-1915) in 1860, Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.


Lawson was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Eatonton, Georgia. During the Civil War he served two years in the Confederate States Army. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives 1861-1866, 1889, and 1890. Lawson served as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1877. He served on the board of trustees of Mercer University and the Eatonton Male and Female Academy. Lawson served as judge of the Superior Courts of Ocmulgee circuit from 1879-1887. He engaged in farming near Eatonton from 1888 to 1891.

Lawson was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, and Fifty-fourth Congresses serving from March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1897. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1896, and resumed agricultural pursuits in Putnam County, Georgia.


Lawson died in Eatonton, Georgia, April 16, 1912. He was interred in Pine Grove Cemetery.


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

March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1897
Succeeded by
William M. Howard

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website