Benjamin F. Conley, Governor

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Benjamin F. Conley

Birthdate: (71)
Death: 1886 (71)
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Husband of Sarah Hillhouse Conley

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About Benjamin F. Conley, Governor

Benjamin F. Conley (March 1, 1815 – January 10, 1886) was an American politician.


Conley served as the 47th Governor of Georgia from October 30, 1871 to January 12, 1872, during Reconstruction and was the second Republican governor of Georgia. Conley was serving as the president of the Georgia Senate when his predecessor, Rufus B. Bullock, was forced to resign. As the Senate president, Conley assumed the governorship and served for only two months. Conley's previous political service included the office of mayor of Augusta, Georgia, from 1857 to 1859.

Conley was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1815 and moved to Savannah, Georgia, in his youth. He died in 1886 in Atlanta in an area known at the time as West End. Conley was buried at Augusta's Magnolia Cemetery.

Conley was the last Republican to serve as governor of Georgia until 2003.

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Age 71