SANDIDGE, John Milton, (1817 - 1890)

SANDIDGE, John Milton, a Representative from Louisiana; born near Carnesville, Franklin County, Ga., January 7, 1817; moved to Louisiana and became a planter; served as colonel in the Mexican War; member of the State house of representatives 1846-1855 and served two years as speaker; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1852; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-fifth Congress); served throughout the Civil War as colonel of Bossier Cavalry; surrendered the archives of the State to the Federal authorities in the absence of Gov. Henry W. Allen; died in Bastrop, Morehouse Parish, La., on March 30, 1890; interment in Christ Church Cemetery.