Howell Cobb

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Howell Cobb (1815 - 1868) was a Representative from Georgia; born in “Cherry Hill,” Jefferson County, Georgia, 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.