Biography of Lucius J. Gartrell

GARTRELL, Lucius J., representative, was born in Wilkes county, Ga., Jan. 7, 1821. He attended Randolph-Macon college, Va., and Franklin college, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., and in 1842 was admitted to the bar, practising in Washington, Ga. He was solicitor-general of the northern judicial circuit of Georgia, 1843-47, and a representative in the state legislature, 1847-51. He removed to Atlanta, Ga., in 1854, was a presidential elector in 1856, and was a representative in the 35th and 36th congresses, 1857-61, resigning his seat on the secession of his state. He was a regent of the Smithsonian institution. In 1861 he organized the 7th Georgia regiment and became its colonel. He withdrew from the Confederate army in 1862 to become a representative in the 1st Confederate congress, and after the expiration of his term of service returned to the field with the rank of brigadier-general, He raised Gartrell's brigade and commanded it until the end of the war, when he returned to the practice of law. He died in Atlanta, Ga., April 7, 1891.

The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Volume X. Rossiter Johnson, ed., Boston: The Biographical Society, 1904.

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