Biography of George Washington Towns

TOWNS, George Washington (Bonaparte), governor of Georgia, was born in Wilkes county, Ga., May 4, 1801; son of John Towns, a Revolutionary soldier, who fought at the battles of Cowpens and Eutaw Springs. He was brought up on a farm, devoting his leisure to study, and in 1822 began merchandizing in Alabama, but gave it up for the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1824, and in connection with his law practice in Montgomery, was probably employed in editing a public journal. He returned to Georgia in 1826, settling in Talboton; was a representative in the state legislature, 1829-30; a state senator, 1832-34; was elected a Union Democratic representative from Georgia to the 24th congress, serving from Dec. 7, 1835, to Sept. 1, 1836, when he resigned, and was succeeded by Julius C. Alford; re-elected to the 25th congress, serving, 1837-39, and to the 29th congress, to fill the unexpired term of Washington Poe, resigned, serving from Jan. 27, 1846, to March 3, 1847. He was defeated for re-election to the 30th congress by John W. Jones, and served as governor of Georgia, 1847-51, issuing a proclamation, Sept. 23, 1850. which called for a state convention the following December. After retiring from the office of governor, he resumed the practice of law. He was twice married; secondly to a daughter of John W. Jones, a native of Virginia. He died in Macon, Ga., July 15, 1854.

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

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