BETHUNE, Marion, (1816 - 1895)


BETHUNE, Marion, a Representative from Georgia; born near Greensboro, Greene County, Ga., April 8, 1816; attended private schools and De Hagan’s Academy; moved with his widowed mother to Talbotton, Talbot County, Ga., in 1829; engaged in mercantile pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice at Talbotton; probate judge of Talbot County from 1852 to 1868, when he voluntarily retired; member of the constitutional convention of Georgia at the time of the repeal of the ordinance of secession; member of the State house of representatives 1867-1871; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the House declaring that William P. Edwards was not entitled to the seat and served from December 22, 1870, to March 3, 1871; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; United States census supervisor in 1890; died in Talbotton, Ga., February 20, 1895; interment in Oakhill Cemetery.