BRANTLEY, William Gordon, (1860 - 1934)


”Around the Capital” (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

BRANTLEY, William Gordon, a Representative from Georgia; born in Blackshear, Pierce County, Ga., September 18, 1860; attended the public schools, and the University of Georgia at Athens; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1881 and commenced practice in Blackshear, Pierce County, Ga.; member of the State house of representatives in 1884 and 1885; served in the State senate in 1886 and 1887; solicitor general (prosecuting attorney) of the Brunswick Circuit Court of Georgia 1888-1896; moved to Brunswick in 1889 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1913); was not a candidate for renomination in 1912; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; moved from Brunswick, Ga., to Washington, D.C., in 1913 and resumed the practice of law; died in Washington, D.C., September 11, 1934; interment in Blackshear Cemetery, Blackshear, Ga.