COBB, Howell, (nephew of Howell Cobb [1772-1818]),
a Representative from Georgia; born at Cherry Hill, Jefferson
County, Ga., September 7, 1815; moved with his father to Athens, Ga., in
childhood; was graduated from Franklin College (then a part of the University
of Georgia), at Athens in 1834; studied law; was admitted to the bar and
commenced practice in Athens, Ga., in 1836; solicitor general of the western
judicial circuit of Georgia 1837-1841; elected as a Democrat to the
Twenty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3,
1851); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Twenty-eighth Congress); Speaker of the
House of Representatives (Thirty-first Congress); Governor of Georgia
1851-1853; elected to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857);
Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Buchanan and served from
March 6, 1857, to December 10, 1860, when he resigned; chairman of the
convention of delegates from the seceded States which assembled in Montgomery,
Ala., on February 24, 1861, to form a Confederate Government; appointed a
brigadier general in the Confederate Army February 13, 1862, and promoted to
major general September 9, 1863; surrendered at Macon, Ga., April 20, 1864;
died in New York City October 9, 1868; interment in Oconee Cemetery, Athens,
Clarke County, Ga.
BibliographySimpson, John E.
Howell Cobb: The Politics of Ambition. Chicago: Adams Press,
1973; Simpson, John E. Prelude to Compromise: Howell Cobb and the House
Speakership Battle of 1849.
Georgia Historical Quarterly 58 (Winter 1974): 389-99.