|Harper's Weekly, January 5, 1861, (detail), Collection of U.S.
House of Representatives
UNDERWOOD, John William Henderson, a Representative from Georgia; born in Ellenton, Ga., November 20,
1816; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in
1835 and commenced practice in Clarkesville, Ga.; solicitor general of the
western judicial circuit of Georgia 1843-1847; delegate to the State
constitutional convention in 1850; delegate to the Democratic State convention
in 1857; member of the State house of representatives 1857-1859 and served as
speaker; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from
March 4, 1859, to January 23, 1861, when he withdrew and joined the
Confederacy; served as brigade inspector during the Civil War; resumed the
practice of law in Rome, Ga.; judge of the superior court of Georgia 1867-1869
and 1873-1882; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1868;
appointed by President Arthur in 1884 a member of the first United States
Tariff Commission; died in Rome, Floyd County, Ga., on July 18, 1888; interment
in Myrtle Hill Cemetery.