BARNES, George Thomas, (1833 - 1901)


”Our Congressmen: A Day in the House of Representatives” (detail), The Illustrated American, 1890, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

BARNES, George Thomas, a Representative from Georgia; born in a suburb (now called Summerville) of Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., August 14, 1833; attended private schools, Richmond Academy, and Franklin College; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1853; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Augusta; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army in the Washington Light Artillery Company of Augusta, Ga., as second lieutenant and major brevet; member of the State house of representatives 1860-1865; member of the Democratic National Committee 1876-1884; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Augusta, Ga., October 24, 1901; interment in the City Cemetery.