Alfred Holt Colquitt (1824 - 1894) MP

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Birthplace: Monroe, Georgia
Death: Died in Washington DC
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About Alfred Holt Colquitt

In 1848 Henry Tarver gave land as a wedding gift where his slaves built the Colquitt Plantation.

He was an officer in the Confederate army, Governor of Georgia, and 2 term Senator.

grad Princeton 1844

His second wife was Sarah, the widow of Fred Tarver (Dolly's brother) and they had 6 children.

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Civil War General

U.S. Representative from Georgia 2nd District, 1853-55; member of Georgia state legislature, 1859; delegate to Georgia secession convention, 1861; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; received 5 electoral votes for Vice-President, 1872; Governor of Georgia, 1877-82; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1883-94; died in office 1894

one source (Memoirs of Judge Richard Clark on Google Bookshttp://books.google.com/books?id=QEgUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA339&lpg=PA339&dq=walter+t.+colquitt,+son+of+alfred&source=bl&ots=uePR7hmE6-&sig=-jPKuzHEFZENELhxaVIRkZbK3SM&hl=en&ei=WikMTJVDmbIxlPrdtQQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CD8Q6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=walter%20t.%20colquitt%2C%20son%20of%20alfred&f=false)

has "mother of Judge Colquitt left as widow married to father of Hartwell H Tarver" -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_H._Colquitt

Alfred Holt Colquitt (April 20, 1824 – March 26, 1894) was a lawyer, preacher, soldier, 49th Governor of Georgia and two term U.S. Senator from Georgia where he died in office. He served as an officer in the Confederate army, reaching the rank of major general.

Biography

Colquitt was born in Monroe, Georgia. His father, Walter T. Colquitt was a United States Representative and Senator from Georgia. Alfred graduated from Princeton College in 1844, studied law and passed his bar examination in 1846. He began practicing law in Monroe. During the Mexican-American War, he served in the United States Army at the rank of major. After the war, Colquitt was elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1853 to 1855. He then served in the Georgia state legislature. In 1861, he was a delegate to the state secession convention.

At the beginning of the Civil War, he was appointed captain in the 6th Georgia Infantry. He saw action in the Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days' Battles. He rose through the ranks to become a brigadier general in 1862. He led his brigade under Stonewall Jackson in the Battle of South Mountain, Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Fredericksburg, and the Battle of Chancellorsville. After Chancellorsville, some questions arose about Colquitt's performance during that battle and his brigade was transferred to North Carolina in exchange for another. His brigade was transferred again in the summer of 1863 to protect Charleston, South Carolina. In February 1864, Colquitt marched his brigade south to help defend against the Union invasion of Florida, and was victorious in the Battle of Olustee. After this battle, Colquitt's brigade rejoined Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Late in the war, the brigade returned to defend North Carolina where Colquitt surrendered in 1865.

He defeated Republican candidate Jonathan Norcross for Governor of Georgia in 1876 and was reelected in 1880 to serve two years under the new state constitution. He was opposed to Reconstruction. In 1883, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate. He was re-elected in 1888 and served until his death in Washington, D.C..

-------------------- Colquitt was born in Monroe, Georgia. His father, Walter T. Colquitt was a United States Representative and Senator from Georgia. Alfred graduated from Princeton College in 1844, studied law and passed his bar examination in 1846. He began practicing law in Monroe. During the Mexican-American War, he served in the United States Army at the rank of major. After the war, Colquitt was elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1853 to 1855. He then served in the Georgia state legislature. In 1861, he was a delegate to the state secession convention.

At the beginning of the Civil War, he was appointed captain in the Sixth Georgia Infantry. He saw action in the Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days' Battles. He rose through the ranks to become a brigadier general in 1862. He led his brigade under Stonewall Jackson in the Battle of South Mountain, Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Fredericksburg, and the Battle of Chancellorsville. After Chancellorsville, some questions arose about Colquitt's performance during that battle and his brigade was transferred to North Carolina in exchange for another. His brigade was transferred again in the summer of 1863 to protect Charleston, South Carolina. In February 1864, Colquitt marched his brigade south to help defend against the Union invasion of Florida, and was victorious in the Battle of Olustee. After this battle, Colquitt's brigade rejoined Robert E. Lee's Army of Virginia. Late in the war, the brigade returned to defend North Carolina where Colquitt surrendered in 1865.

He defeated Republican candidate Jonathan Norcross for Governor of Georgia in 1876 and was reelected in 1880 to serve two years under the new state constitution. He was opposed to Reconstruction. In 1883, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate. He was re-elected in 1888 and served until his death in Washington, D.C..

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Gen. Alfred Holt Colquitt (CSA), Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1824
April 20, 1824
Monroe, Georgia
1848
May 15, 1848
Age 24
1849
May 25, 1849
Age 25
1852
1852
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1854
1854
Age 29
Georgia
1854
Age 29
1855
April 20, 1855
Age 31
1856
1856
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1858
1858
Age 33
Georgia, USA
1858
Age 33