GARTRELL, Lucius Jeremiah, (1821 - 1891)


Harper's Weekly, January 5, 1861, (detail), Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

GARTRELL, Lucius Jeremiah, (uncle of Choice Boswell Randell), a Representative from Georgia; born near Washington, Wilkes County, Ga., January 7, 1821; attended private schools, Randolph-Macon College, and Franklin College, Georgia; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and practiced in Washington, Ga.; moved to Atlanta, Ga.; elected solicitor general of the northern judicial circuit in 1843; resigned in 1847; member of the State house of representatives 1847-1850; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, to January 23, 1861, when he retired, giving his adherence to the Southern Confederacy; organized the Seventh Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, of which he was elected colonel; resigned his commission January 3, 1862, having been elected to the Confederate Congress and served until 1864; appointed in 1864 brigadier general in the Confederate service; resumed the practice of law; member of the State constitutional convention in 1877; unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1882; died in Atlanta, Ga., April 7, 1891; interment in Oakland Cemetery.