LAWSON, Thomas Graves, (1835 - 1912)


An Illustrated Congressional Manual. The United States Red Book, 1896, (detail), Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

LAWSON, Thomas Graves, a Representative from Georgia; born near Eatonton, Putnam County, Ga., on May 2, 1835; attended private schools and was graduated from Mercer University, Macon, Ga., in 1855; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Eatonton, Ga.; during the Civil War served two years in the Confederate Army; member of the State house of representatives 1861-1866, 1889, and 1890; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1877; member of the board of trustees of Mercer University and the Eatonton Male and Female Academy; judge of the superior courts of Ocmulgee circuit 1879-1887; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Eatonton, Ga., 1888-1891; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1896; resumed agricultural pursuits in Putnam County, Ga.; died in Eatonton, Ga., April 16, 1912; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.