OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GEN
ERAL ASSEMBLY OF
FACTS AND INCIDENTS OF HISTORICAL
NOTE IN THEIR LIVES.
Interesting Data For Future
HON. W. A. LITTLE.
Speaker of tlae House.
It was our intention and earnest desire to head
our series of sketches of the House with that of
the Speaker, Hon. W. A. Little, of Muscogee.
We were unable, however, the same as in the
case of several others whose photographs we
have secured, to get all the data relative to his
life, and hence must forego the pleasure of pre
senting bis sketch to our readers until a subse
quent issue, when it will appear with a cut of
him, which we have already bad made from a
secured from one of his friends.
C. R. PRINGLE.
C. R. Pringle stands prominently before the
people of Georgia to-day as the leader of the
temperance cause in the House. He is chair
man of the Committee on Temperance. This
committee reported favorably the general local
option bill which caused the biggest discussion
of the adjourned session. Mr. Pringle led the
vanguard of this great moral reform. Tie is
master of all the statistics of this and foreign
countries on the temperance question. In his
speech on this question when the
bill was in the House, he then
exhibited such a knowledge of this question
that only a man who had given the subject pro
found study could possibly have acquired, for it
involved a labor that only love could have in
spired. It is not undue praise to say that to
Mr. Pringle more than to any other one member
of the Assembly is due the passage of the gen
eral local option bill. It is estimated that three
fourths of the people —men, women and chil
dren—of Georgia are in favor of prohibition.
With these the name of Mr. Pringle is a house
In connection with the temperance move, he
has been mentioned as a candidate for governor.
When approached upon the subject, he said that
he was net a candidate for the office. The
temperance cause has fared so well in this
State, that it is ft ared by many of its staunchest
advocates to mix it up with politics: and many
think that Mr. Pringle’s nomination for gov
ernor would make the cause a political issue.
However, be that as it may, the fact is, that
Mr. Pringle is regarded as a probable candidate;
and that tact, will doubtless be a factor in the
nomination of the Democratic candhlataß|
Mr. Pringle may be said not to be fond or
public life. Although he was a member of tho
town council of Barnesville for two terms a few
years before the war, he declined the use of his
name for the Legislature in 1860 in Pike county;
and also in Washington county in 1870, and for
the Senate in the latter county in 1872. In 1870
and ’7l he was a member of the town council of
Saundersville. After serving a term as mayor
of the town in 1872 he declined re-election.
It was not until 1882 that he consented to run
for the Legislature; and that year he was elect
ed to the House, and again in 1884. He had
competition in his last race, both in
convention and after nomination, when
his competitor was an independent
candidate. Mr. Pringle was elected by a large
majority. In the house he is chairman of the
committee on temperance and a member from
the 10th congressional district of the constitu- I
tional committee on local and special bills. The I
duties as chairman of the temperance commit-*
tee called Mr. Pringle to speak on the floor fre
quently. As a speaker he is calm, dispassion
are and argumentative. He speaks always with
careful preparation as to the facts
in. the case, and it is seldom
or never that he is tripped as to
facts. He does not talk for love of talking: and
whenever he rises to address the House he is
certain to have close attention.
Mr. Pringle was born in Monroe county, in
1834. He moved to Barnesville, Pike county, in ■
and lived there until 1861, when he moved j
to Sandersville, Washington county, which ’
county he now represents io thy Assembly. His I
boyhood days were spent in Monroe and Pike .
counties. He was raised on a farm, and first :
attended school in Forsyth., He finished his j
schooling in Barnesville. Vpbn leaving school !
he embarked in commercial life and
was a merchant until 1861.
He commenced farming in 1860. and has
continued at it %yer since. In 1866 he resumed
merchandising and abandoned it again in 1879.
Besides his farm, he is now running a custom
and merchant mill.
Mr. Pringle was married In 1861 to Miss
Brantley, a daughter of the late Major Harris
Brantley, who was a farmer of Washington
county, and who died in 1875 in Saundersville.
They have only one child, who is now Mrs. M.
M. P. Huntley", a resident of the city of Atlanta.
Mr. Pringle’s father, C. S. Pringie, was born in
Virginia, but moved to Georgia where he died
in 1850. He was ft farmer, a Whig in
and. $ member of the Baptist pboredu ’
Mr. Pringle’s mother Mas a rambro, j
a sister of ’he Lite \Vm. L. Fambro I
and RoberSdii Fambro, of Monroe county, and of I
Col. Alter! G. Fambro, who died a few years*
ago, after having ably represented Monroe and |
Up’son counties in both branches of the Georgia ,
Legislature. Mr. Pringle has two sisters and i
one brother living. i
Mr. Pringle is now about 50 years old. He '
is five feet ten and a half inches tall and weighs
about 180 pounds. His hair and mustache pre
slightly gray. He walks erect and has a light,
vigorous step. He has been considered by his
friends a kind of free bovse-, a Ad they
have freely made Wse ct him
in manv ways. It has always I
been a pleasure to him -aetve them and the |
public; and he has done ~so all \iis life. His i
friends say that they likr'co elect hm because they i
know that whenever 1K does anything they are I
satisfied it is well done. His 50 articles writ
ten a few years age’tinder the caption “Practi
cal Hints on Farming,” are highly appreciated
by farmers of thus state, -as well as of .Alabama
arrd Florida. When it was hinted that these
articles wouMi be printed in book form, many
orders wet* Xent in for the book.
Mr. I*.’ingle ha*? never been a candidate
for air.’ Office ’by his own seeking, and
onlythe earnest solicitation of friends: and
and then he has only yielded a reluctant consent
when he felt it bis duty to accept. His name
for several high offices
THE EVENING CAPITOL: ATLANTA. SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 5 S 1385.
within the last few years. Atone time he was
strongly urged to allow the use of his name for
Congress, and only recently, as mentioned
above, he has been spoken of as a suitable man
ROBERT WILLIAM 10VERETT.
The above cut is a correct likeness of Hon.
R. W. Everett, the representative from the
county of Polk. He is the son of Alexander
Everett, a farmer of Cohowan county, N. C. He
was born near Hayesville, Houston county, Ga.
March 3d, 1839, and resided in that county un
til June, 1859, when he removed to Polk county,
his present home. He took an academic course
at Haynesville and a collegiate course at Mer
cer University. When he finished his educa
tion he went to teaching, and followed this avo
cation from 1859 to 1861, when he enlisted in the
army. He resumed teaching in 1865, and taught
until 1874, since which time he has been farm
Alexander Everett, the father of R. M . Ev
erett, was born in Chowan county, North
Carolina, December Ist, 1801, and died" August
19th, 1861, aged sixty years. His whole life was
devoted to agriculture. He was a Whig Union
ist and was a member of the Baptist Church.
The mother of Representative Everett was Miss
Harriet Frank Bryan, daughter of Elijah Bry
an. She was born in Twiggs county, Ga., in
1805, and was also a member of qhe Baptist
Church. Mr. Everett has one half-brother and
three half-sisters, he being the eldest child.
He never saw his < wn mother and never knew
her care, she having died a few hours after giv
ing him birth.
The subject of our notice is at paesent farm
ing, and as a farmer never bought meat, corn
or flour. He went into the array in 1862 and
and served faithfully for nearly three years.
He was second sergeant in Forrest’s “Escort
squadron. His life in public was begun in 1878,
when he was elected a member of the county
board of education, which office he holds till this
day. In 1880 he was commissioner of roadsand
revenues, and in 1882 and ’B4, was elected to the
House of Representatives as a Prohibitionist,
being strenuously opposed by the whiskey ele
ment. He is serving on the committees on ed
ucatiod, railroads, temperance, enrollment and
agriculture, of which last he is chairman. Orig
inally se was a Whig, but under the new order
of things he has been a Democrat; faithful to
his State and people. He makes an able mem
her of the House and were it not for his conspic
uous lack of confidence in himself, more of his
able speeches would be heard than are. When
he comes to the scratch he makes a strong ar
gument and is an even graceful speaker, evinc
ing a trained scholarship. By example and
precept he was taught to be prompt, and when
a pupil never lost a day for .any cause nor re
ceived a demerit for tardiness. In habits he is
systematic, and all his actions are shaped by a
conscience imbued with doing the right thing—
and at the right time. He is retiring in dispo
sition, very slow to form acquaintances, but is
a warm, generous friend. He gives hi§ farm,
personal attention daily, and is very fond of hi/ 7
His paternal grandfather moved from Nokth
Carolina to West Florida in 1827, and settled
among the Indians, erecting for defense a* block
house, which is still standing. He is the sole
representative of his father’s immediate family
in this State.
He married Miss Emma Conelia Borders,
December 17th, 1868, and by the union has two
boys, Robert Border, aged 15, and William
Bryan, aged 6. Mrs. Everett was the daughter
of Dr. S. A. Borders, a retired physician of
In his family, Mr. Everett finds his greatest
pleasure, never leaving home except on busi
ness. He has a pleasant home in
the fertile Euharlee valley, where he is fixed for
life, teaching his boys to honor his calling, and
wishing them to succeed him in cultivating the
TIEEODORE JOSIMEA PERRY.
j RANDOLPH COUNTY.
. The gentleman whose photo heads this sketch is
■ Hon. T. J. Perry, one of the remarkable mem
i bersof the House. He is the fifth and next to
the youngest child of the late Joshua Perry, of
Warren county, having been born in Early
county Sept. 7, 1845. He will, therefore, be 40
years of age on next Monday. The days of his
youth were spent °in Early and Calhoun coun
ties, his residence being once at Arlington, Ga.
He removed to Cuthbert in 1879.
Mr. Perry's educational advantages, were
quite limited, he having grown up in the day?
when facilities for acquiring learning Were cir
cumscribed. Indeed he had a hard struggle to
obtain a common education, but succeeded by a
system of self-instruction, having pored
over his books by light wood knot fires,
lie thus laid ” the foundation. and
for a short while attended Morgan
aciulemy. There ilfe few better informed
i mbn in the House. He is a deep thinker and a
i close student and there are few members better
I qualified to deal with the great questions of
j politics and morals now before the public.
I The father of Mr. Perry was the late Joshua
f Perry, who was born in Waoren county in 180-5.
i He was a Methodist, a rigid Democrat, and his
; occupation was teaching.
Joshua Perry in his any served as justice of
the peace, clerk of the superior court, tax col
lector, and represented his county one term in
the Legislature. Besides Theodore he bad four
sons, two living and two and one daughter
who is dead.
Mr. Perry’s mother wite L uirecia Ann Wade,
| who was born in Screven county in 1806, the
i daughter of John Wade. Her reli
i gion was a Bap ist.
On his mother’s We be sprung from an old
’ Virginia family, Prfe Holcombs, who Were noted
for their intelledfuality and high moral quali
ties. He is refitted to the Rev. Henry Holcomb,
1). D., and Miev. H. 11. Tucker, D. D., editor
of the ChrWfian Index.
After having school the now legislator ac
cepted «.’position as clerk in a retail store. At
the of 14 he kept books at a saw-mill.
When 21 he engaged in merchandising, but re
linquished this business in 1875. Subsequently
he became an editor and good critics who know
him attribute rare gifts to him as a writer. He
has great taste for literary pursuits, and is
therefore a wall read man, an excellent scholgW.
a methodical writer and a cultured
When his opportunities and modest beginnirwj
are considered, few have attained what he
His present occupation is the manufacture o'T
i fertilizers. [* <
His public career has been a remarkable onel j
! He is a Democrat. In 1866, when 21, he wa- ;
tax collector and held this office till 1868. Ii- 1
1874 he was elected to the Senate, and success! ,
ively represented his couniy in that honorable j
body for the years 1875-’76-’77. When he waq |
first elected to the Senate he was only 29 year.Ar
old, and was probably the youngest man ev<:®‘\
elected to that position in Georgia. The presold®
admirable condition -of the institution for tbefl
deaf ard dumb at Cave Springs can be crcditei®
to him, he having made a strong fight in thew
Senate for the change. The inmates of the indl
stitution presented nim resolutions of
for the splendid service he rendered in their be/
half. He now ably represents the county>)f
Randolph in the House, being elected over a col
ored republican who polled very few votes.
He is a member of the committees on educa
tion, banks, local and special bills, excuses of
members and deaf and dumb institution.
In June, 1861, his patriotism burned so ar
dently in his young breast that he nut in for a
place in the ranks of the Confederate army. Ho
was not quite sixteen, and being too young for
regular enlistment, could only be accepted as a
drummer. Nothing daunted, however, he did i
duty as a full grown soldier, meanwhile draw
ing a drummer’s salary, which was sl4 a month.
He was a member of Captain W. D. Furlow’s
company, the Calhoun Rifles, which formed part
of the famous old 12th Georgia regiment —the
most noted of all the Georgia troops in the war.
When a beardless boy he was wounded badly in
the severest battle fought by tfie regiment —the
battle of McDowell, in Virginia.
Mr. Perry, in 1874, married Miss Annie Har
rison, daughter of Gen. George I’. Harrisun, of
Savannah, a rice planter before the war. Mi\.,
and Mrs. Perry are both Methodists. They have
three boys at the home in Cuthbert—Theo
dore, George Harrison and Alex. Stephens.
Three little girls, Emmie, Susie and
Katie, are dead.
Iww 1 '
THOMAS JEFFERSON Efl AKAI. SON.
Thomas Jefferson Haralson was born ’in Knox
county, Tenn., on January 14, 1819. He was
educated in the county schools at the home
where be was born. In early manhood he re
moved to Blairsville, Union county, Ga., which
county he represented in the House in 1877, and
which he now represents in the same body.
Mr. Haralson just after leaving school became
a clerk in a store. From that he went
into merchandising on bis own account.
Besides a store, he also runs a successful' .
tannery, and his farm is considered by his
neighbors as a model. These enterprises are
managed by Mr. Haralson in person, and it was
the excellent managing of his own affairs that
I suggested to the Union county people his mer
its as manager of the public business. Although
I he did have a competitor in the election for his
' present seat, he was returned by a vote of two L
to one for his opponent. Mr. Haralson is an old- 1
time Democrat, lie has beep justice of the in-J|
fcrior court, and before the war he was postmasZZl
ter nt h>s home office. In the. Ho'j--
lar, and hi.- rates arc always prudent, •
He is a member ot the comnrttees on finance,
privileges and elections, and privileges on the
In personal appearance, Mr. Haralson, with
out any attempt to flatter, is decidedly impos- i
ing. He stands fully six feet in his stockings.
His beard, nearly white, falls far down on his
j breast. He walks very erect, for bis age, and
his motions are easy and graceful. His stately
bearing is doubtless due to his service in the
war, wuich he entered in 1864, and served till
the close of hostilities. His rank was captain;
and his record as a soldier: is
i highly honorable. Mr. Haralson was first
’ married in 1841, in Knox county, Tenn., to Miss
I Elizabeth P. Marley. She lived - but a short
' while. In 1846 Mr. Haralson was married to
i his present wife, who was Miss Mary A. Logan,
■ daughter of Francis Logan, who was a success-
: ful merchant. Mr. Haralson is the father of
I nine children, six sons and three daughters.
The sods are Frank, John, Willie, Thomas, Pat
rick and James: and the daughters, Mary Eliz
; abeth, Margaret Ann and Eliza. They are scat
; tered in North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.
Mr. alson is justly proud of his forefathers,
j His father, William Haralson, son of John,
! was born in North Carolina in 1784. His mother
i was Sarah Bennett, who was a Virginian by
j birth, and three vears younger than her hus-
I band. She was a Presbyterian, although her
■ husband belonged to no church. It is doubtless
i from her that the subject of this sketch imbibed i
I his early love for tbai church of which he is a j
I consistent member. Mr. Haralson is one of the |
I most credulous, tender-hearted men in the world. I
j He is lenient and charitable, and although he I
I has done well in laying up this world’s goods, I
■ he could have been a very rich man had not his I
generosity overcome his keen business sense at ;
! As a boy Mr. Haralson made a vow never to j
j be a drunkard, and that vow he has kept. He i
i abhors strong drink, and is a stanch friend of i
Hon. Elbert Fagan, whom we notice here,was j
born in Bullock county, Georgia, November 10,
1825. He spent his youth in his native county
and has never lived out of its borders. He was
educated in the common schools of Houston
county and has at various times engaged in
teaching and farming with good results. He is
at present engaged in the pursuit of agricul-
1 . v .
Mi'. F’agan is the son of Thouias V. Fagarij a
j planter of Taylor county, Ga. His father is a
j Jeffersonian Democrat as is also the gentleman
' who calls forth this sketch. Mr. l agan’s
1 mother was Miss Ann Stiibbs, daughter of Ab-
■ ner Stubbs. The father of Mr. Thus. V. Fagan
j was Em < h Fagan, of Washington county, N. C.
i The legislator is the oldest of six brothers and
I sisters. In 1862 he enlisted in the service and
’ fought bravely to its close. He held official
j station and was also a private in the ranks al- |
i ways ready to maintain the honor of hisc nuntry. |
Mr. Fagan, on the 24th of December, 1852,
married Miss N. M. Murray, the daughter of
i Daniel Murray, a planter of Macon county,
’ Georgia. She died leaving Mr. Fagan a family
i of eight boy:s, Virgil, Yulee, Edward, Walter,
James, Feston, Claude and Welton: and three
i girls—Mary, Alzena and Jlaggie Lou. They
j all live in Houston county. Mr. Fagan is do
mestic in bis inclinations and takes pride in his I.
; family and cherishes ail the sentiments sur- |
j rounding one’s home. i
As a legislator he is alert, intelligent and safe »
| ami his con>tittients have done well in choosing '
’ him to represent Houston county.
Moses Brinson, Jr., the father of oqr Leg- »
i islator. was a native of Jefferson county. He :
I passed away in 1859. He was a planter and be- :
■ longed to the Whig party. In religion he was
i a missionary Baptist, and his honored soft is
i likewise a Baptist, keeping up the traditron of
i the fathers. The mother of Mr. Brinson was
also a Baptist, her maiden name being Celia
Tarver. She was born in Hancock ’County, and 1
! was the daughter of Mr. Jacob Farver". Mr.
i Brinson inherits his representative
I from his father, who held various offices, being! i
tax receiver, tax collector, a member of the leg
' islator, a circuit judge, aad a. member of tbJ.
_constitutional convention. Besides the son of
we now write, Mr. Brinson had four dau
ghters and one son, Mr. J. W. Brin.Mm being
A the third child.
y ROWAN R. JOKWSQN.
CLINCH COUNTY. !
• Hon. Rowan B. Johnson was born in Lowndes
, county, on the 29th of December, 1830. When
: a small hoy, his father moved to Ware, which
■ has since been changed to Clinch, where he has
’ resided ever since. He was raised a farmer
a<ind has followed that occupation all his life. In
A s early boyhood days he was rather lively, but
® >oh managed to sow his wild oats and settle
and is now quite domestic, and enjoys the
■pleasures of home, family,and friends. He has
■been married f.hree times, and has four children,
|Rwo boys and two girls. Their respective names
are Joseph 11. P., Bryant R., Annie Laura and
Lillian J. Johnson. Bryant R. Johnson is em
ployed in the mail service, running from Charles
ton, S. C., to Jacksonville, Fla. The other three
are residing in Clinch county.
His father’s name was David Johnson, and
was born in Emanuel county, and is now dead.
He was an extensive farmer and a strong Demo
crat. He married Miss Nancy Burnett, daugh
ter of Mr. John Burnett, of Bullock county, and
raised a family of three girls and two boys.
Mr. R. B. Johnson is an attentive member, al
ways present in his seat. a%d considers the pro
priety of all bills before lie casts his vote.
He is pleasant in manners, agreeable in dispo
sition, and has a kind word and pleasant smile
for all with whom he comes in contact.
His politics are that of a true Democrat. He
was captain of the militia in 1849; justice of the
peace in 1851.
Also was justice of the Inferior Court of
Flinch county, from 1864 to 1868. The opposi
tion to his present seat waa v©»-y strung, but
Ji is. popularity, among his constituents, elected
Aim by a majority of 138 votes. ,
y He was appointed as one of the committees on
Penitentiary, County and County Lines, Agri
culture, Manufacturing and Wild Lands.
His father was judge of Inferior Court in
1836, and Brigadier-General of militia from
1840 to 1848. Mr. Johnson entered the Western
army, in 1863, in the capacity of Captain. He
was only twelve months in the army, but during
that time made a gallant officer and a brave
soldier. He is also a strict member of the Bap
tist church and an exemplary Christian.
He takes great delight in fishing and
hunting, aid is a splendid marksman. There
never was a member more punctual to roll call
than Hod. R. B. Johnson and Clinch county
should be proud of such a representative.
This gentleman was born on Feb. 8, 1817. He
was reared and educated in the above county.
After leaving school he engaged in farming,
which he now follows, and has been quite suc
cessful. He also supplied the Central railroad
A He was elected to the Legislature for this
verm, with no opposition whatever, and is a
His father, Joseph Reynolds, was born in
Warren county. He also was a Democrat, and
•i true, consistent member of the Baptist
xchurch. His father’s name was Johnson Rey
nolds. Mr. Reynold’s father married Miss Mar
tha Cherry, daughter of Simon Cherry, of South
Carolina. They had a family of six children.
The representative from Twiggs is the third
Arild, and they are all dead except two sisters.
‘ Mr. Reynolds entered the war in 1864, as a
-jHyate, and was in the army only four months,
je would call the attention of the reader to the
net that Mr. R. was bern in 1819, therefore, he
was 41 years old when the war broke out, and
Ahen he entered he was nearly 45. He was a
private, and although his stay in the army was
short duration, yet in that length of time, he
ivjfle a true and brave soldier.
f')n the 22d of December, he married Miss
jbsephine Meal. Her father was Mr. Thomas
jjeal, an excellent planter, and universally liked
bf a Il knew him; he is now dead. Miss
Aral was Mr. Reynolds* first wife, and since lief
( y*Jh he was united in wedlock to Miss Cippy.,
B-yan. He has eight children, four*
, an( l l' our ‘ g’ l '!-'’? -their names arq:
T«, Cicero, Moses H., and John Howard,
■ ann y, Sarah and Gustiarie. Four are i
‘ ot.hyrs »-«*s»de at home, Mr.
also a Baptist and a pious gentle
man, and domestic in every particular.
He is a good representative, and is consci
entious in all of his views and actions. He has
a pleasant, countenance and agreeable disposi
tion, and tries to make every one feel at home
in his presence. His constituents in old Twiggs !
have nothing to be ashamed of in her repre
sentative, for he is the right man in the right
COL. AVIER ROYB.
The subject of this sketch was born in Hall I
county, Ga., on the 14th of September, 1820. .
He left his native county in 1821, and since then !
has lived in Gwinnett, Forsyth and Lumpkin ,
counties, and is now a resident of Dahlonega, j
He was educated in Gwinnett and Forsyth j
counties in an old field school.
He farmed and taught school from 1841 to |
1850, in Lumpkin county, and from 1850 to 1855 |
was clerk of the superior court in Lumpkin :
county. He studied law and was elected to the j
Legislature the same year, and was admitted to
the bar in 1856. His success in life has been ,
moderate, on account of the war and bad health. :
Ja 1848 he was justice of the peace, and State '
Senator of the 32nd in 1862-3. His opposition j
to his present seat was very strong, but he was
elected by a majority of 460 votes.
Col. Boyd is now on the committees on tern- i
j perance, judiciary, mining and education.
He was al?o a delegate to the constitutional j
i conventions of 1865-77.
! His father was Mr. Wm. Boyd, and was born I
| in the county of Tyrone, Ireland. He was a ;
' farmer by occupation and a Democrat in princi
: P le - . . ;
, Mr. W eirßoyd’s mother was a Miss Elizabeth ,
Burton, aad was born in Laurens county, S. (?., .
; in 1798. She professed and believed in the |
‘ Methodist doctrine. Her father’s name was
I John Burton. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd, the parents i
I of Col. Boyd, had four sons and one daughter,
i of which the subject of this sketch was the third
i son and third child.
He was in the Florida war of 1839, entered [
I the Confederate war as private in 1872, and was
afterward elected colonel of the 52d regiment,
Georgia volunteers, at Camp McDonough, but
only remained eight months in the army.
Op the 9th of February, 1843, he married Miss
Sarah J. Sitton. Her father was a farmer and
lived and died in Habersham county.
Col. Boyd has two boys living and two dead.
Those living are Marion G., and Joseph Wier—
■’hose dead are Augustus F., and Capt. C. B.
Bo’-d. T he latter was killed in the war, May
llie daughters are Fanny, Mattie, Emma and
Ida, all married, living and doing well, except
Mrs. Fannie, who is dead: they are living ill
Lumpkin county. Col. Boyd is domestic (D nis 1
habits, and is very fond of pleasant company,
riding and walking. H* is An affectionate
father, and devoted hu«bahu, and is fond of his
fireside. He is a g'ood Christian of Methodist
belief, and is respected and loved by all who I
! know him.
The Col. has one of the largest libraries in the i
State, consisting of literary, scientific and theo- :
logical Works. He has also a great deal of prop- '
ertv, which he obtained by honest toil. If it j
had not have been for the war and bad health,
he would have been to-day one of the wealthiest :
men in the State. He makes a good repvesen- :
; tative, always present at roll-call, and always ■
' has an eye single to the interest of his colistit- j
I . ■
JO OEPII Me AV KORTES.
■ Mr. McWhorter, who now resits in SteVens,
i Gft., was born in on Fo‘b. 11,
I 1833, and has HVed in the san*e county ajjl of his
life, and he spent his boyhood (Fays. He
was educated at Mercer University, UennfiePi,
jGa., a‘Ad after leavi.vg school he eiigaged in
farming, and was veiy successfril. He was
chairman of the board oi county *cdmmiSbioners
i for 12 years In the county in he Yesides,
|! and left the finances in a good eondition.
j Although lie was strongly osmosed, he was
. fleeted to his present seat a JjAfthsome ma-
jorlti. His ’ ither, wh< is now dead, was naided
.lames H. McWhorter, w|io was ftlsr. a success
ful farmer and a oonacientiou> Baptist. Mr.
.McWhorter’s father married Miss Fliza Penn,
. who is also a Baptist, and born in the same J
' county. Her father’s name wafe John Penn,
! a successful farmer.
Mr. McWhorter’s father was elected to the
House and Senate several times, and was
Judge of the court in his county for 12 years.
The gentleman in question is the oldest of
two sisters and twp brothers. He was in the
army two years, haying entered the sec* nd year
after the’war began. He left home as Captain,
and was afterward- promoted to ColoneL
He was married to Miss M. E. Keys, an ac
complished d; lighter of John Keys, an e^t-euj A<
sire planter, who is now dead. The whole'
family are Baptist, and good, useful Christians.
Mr. McWhorter has six children, all living: live
boye and one girl, three of whom are married —
two boys and one daughter. Their names are
Lauren, Hamilton, Thomas, Joseph, John and
Miss M. E. McWhorter.
The Hon. representative is very domestic in
his habits, the only sports he enjoys is that of
fishing and hunting. He farms extensively,
I and works nothing but free labor, and is very
successful. He has made a good, useful member.
JOHN C. GARDNER.
This gentleman was born in Pike county, on
the 15th of May, 1855, and has lived there ever
since, and Was educated in tbe sume county at a
• private school. After leaving school he en
gaged in farming and merchandising and suc
ceeded so well that he is at present following
the same avocation. He is now holding the
office of not ary public and justice of the peace of
his district, He was appointed in 1884 and has
held the above named office ever since. The
opposition to his present seat was very strong,
his opponent being a prohibition candidate, but
his good character and gentlemanly conduct
with all whom he came in contact, won for him
bright laurels in defeating his opponent.
His politics are that of a true Democrat. His
father, Mr. W. S. Gardner, was born in White
county, and is now living in Texas. He is a
physician by profession, Democrat in principle,
and strong in the belief of the Baptist doctrine.
His father’s name was Ezekel Gardner.
The mother of Mr. Jno. C. Gardner,
was a Miss L. F. Oxford, daughter of Tilman
D. Oxford. Mr. Gardner is a self-made man,
having been awav from his father nearly all his
life. He has one brother older than himself.
Mr. Gardner was married on the 25th of Feb
ruary, 1877, to Miss Fannie Simonton, an ac
complished daughter of Wm. B. Simonton, who
was a very successful farmer. He is now dead.
Mr. G. has three children, two boys and one
girl, named respectively, Wm. 0., James A.and
Rosa Belle Gardner, who reside with him in
Pike county. Mr. Gardner is a member of the
Baptist church, and very domestic in his habits.
He is ambitious, but has a mind strong enough
to compete with his ambition. This gentleman
has about ten thousand dollars invested in mer
chandising farming and livery business. His
voice is often heard in the hall and as a
speaker he is strong, forcible and inter
esting. He is a valuable member.
S. T. LOFLEY.
Mr. Lofley has been a resident of Macon
county for 46 years. He was born in that county
on the 13th day of October 1839, and has re
mained there ever since. In his early boyhood,
he was left an orphan, and was the only sup
port of his mother and three sisters. Educa
tional advantages, he had comparatively none.
He went to a common school in the country, and
most of his education is due to himself having
studied every night by a lightwood knot fire.
At an early age, knowing the responsibility
tlmt was resting upon his shoulders, he went to
farming—toiled hard from early morn till late
at night—in order that he might be able to keep
his loved ones from want, and ,
his efforts were crowned with success. Man
proposes, and God disposes. The war came on
and this hardy son of toil, who by his strength,
energy and industry, had accumulated a hand
some little fortune, saw it all swept away like
chaff before the windin (’anfedcrate bonds.
He courted and w.bn the heart and hand of
Miss Y. M. II rvey, and married'her in 1861,
j and in May, 1862, he entered (the army as a pri
vate, and remained in the /var until J-he sur- '.
render at Appomatox.
Mr. William r Lofley was tbe father of this
gentleman of whom we write. He was born in
Jefferson county, Ga., in 1799, and married a
Miss Margaret Wilkes, of South Carolina. She
was born in that State in 1803. Her father’s
1 name was Solomon Wilkes. Mr. Loftley’s
parents raised a family of seven children,
’ four boys and three girls, of which Mr. Loftley
i is the sixth child. The whole family are good
- Baptists and strong Democrats.
Mr. Hamilton Harvey was the father of Mrs.
' Lofley, and resided in Houston county, Ga., but
| is now dead. Mr. Lofley had two children born
I to him, one boy and one girl ; but unfortunately
. both are dead. His daughter’s name was Clara
I B. Lofley, and the baby boy died without a
When the war ended he found himself without '
| a dollar. He came home and rented land, bought
a mule on a credit, and went to work tilling the
’ land : and now he owns a line plantation on !
! Flint river, well stocked, and does not owe a I
j dollar. He al-o carries on merchandising on a J
small scale. He has been a member of the j
board of commissioners of roads and revenues ■
' since 1875, and is now County Administrator, !
j Justice of the Peace and Representative. In j
I this latter capacity he has been very prompt in j
! bis attendance, and served his county well.
NVIEEIATO WEAVER TURNER.
Hon. W. W. Turner who comes in here for a
share of our attention, resides at LaGrange, ;
I and represents Troup county in the State’s j
! Legislative Council. He was born June 19th, I
j 1844, in LaGrange, and has lived there most of j
I his days. During the war and until 1868, he 1
I lived in California, and in Atlanta in 1869. He i
i returned to LaGrange and resided there from j
i 1870 to 1879, in which he lived until 1881. In j
l 1881 he again took up his residence in La- |
j Grange, and has since made that city his home. ’
' His boyhood and school days were spent in La
! Grange and in the Confederate army, which he i ,
j entered in 1861 at the age of seventeen. He ’ 1
j made a brave and faithful soldier
serving until the close of the war. He was a
private in the 4th Georgia twelve months, a
private in the 41 st Georgia two months, ensign
in the 41st Georgia two years, and in the
quartermaster’s department eight or ten months. i
After the war Mr. Turner merchandised till ,
1871, when he was admitted to the bar. He has :
since practiced law, except from 1879 to 1880, i
which years he spent on his farm in Coweta, his i
health being too poor to practice his profession. >
The law is still his calling, and he stands high ;
among K i s legal brethren as a man of learning I
He is it democrat, and was elected to the Leg- <
ielulure as a Prohibitionist Th re candidates
; opposed him up to the time of the ’Meet
ing of bis county nominating conven
tion, but they withdrew, and Mr., Turner was
unanimously nominated and elected without op
position. He serves on the committees of the
I general judiciary, military and enroll- ;
ment. Ills public career heretofore has been as j
; county judge of Troupe from 1872 to 1875 and a
' member of the citv council of LaGrange in
[ Mr. Turner’s Either was James M. Turner,
; who was born in Putnam county, Ga>, in 1811,
• and is non' living in LaGrange. C' r il the old
I gentleman's health failed he was
! Before: the "ar he was a Whig- but since a
I Deinrjcrat. He ’ l a member the Methodist
I c.hvVch as ’S also his sot. ot whom we
1 Write. The elder Mr. Turner was
> elected ordinary of C'.ttmpe in
or 1803, but failed to servr- His wife Mary Jane
| Grimes, daughter of Grimes, bhe was
' bora in Green county 'Ga.-, in 1816. . be is a
’ I She had’two sons, Sterling G. and
’ William Weaver, two daughters, who are
S ‘now living, Mrs. G. W. Marsh in Atlanta and
e Miss Annie A.'Turner in LaGrange. Sterling
■ G Turner was killed in war near Kington, .V
’ C., April, IStT:,, and was at the time adjutant ot
n the 19th Georgia. . o . i
s Mr. WiHiam Weaver Turner, in September,
• s 1875, married Miss Mattie H. Coker, daughter
of F M. Coker, banker, of Atlanta. He has two
5 ’ sons, Sterling C. and Frank C„ and one daugh
ter, Alice J., all living in LaGrauge. Mrs.
is Turner is a Methodist. .
i- l Mr* Turner is a man of strong domes ic
qualitiesis the kind 01 w 1r- <• : e. •' o*. •:
naturally send to represent them in < ..
Assembi’.. lie is oiyposed to poluitßi j iJua -
atiinis and ami is a firm beiicv • hau
1 the office sbouhl seek the man. He is honest ii»
his convictions and thinks tho voice of each in • •
dividual ciiizen should b heard and felt in as*
scml'lavea selecting candidates. He is an anU
monopolist and opposed... to any legislation cur
tailing the liberty of the citizen, anU>ss abso
lutalv', demanded by gonsiderat-rons of public
good. As a prfhibitiouist he believes iu loca.?
(•ption as tbe best nu-ans of , •
prohibition. lie was
technology, bill, Torpor
rant mea.sure (leiwral Assembly
Hiis session. He opposed Felton’s reformatory
prison bill as impracticable, but favored its
intent. He is in favor of revising our peniten
tiary laws so as to obtain more humane treat
ment of convicts, •specially minors.
While he deprccrates parsimony, Mr. Turner is
a strict economist in expenditure of public funds
as opposed to the best interest of his State. It
is these qualities that singled him out to repre
sent Troup and made it possible for him to be
elected to the Legislature without electioneering
WILLIAM W. BEACH.
This young man, who is now in the prime of
life, was born in the above named county on the
25th day of May, 1850; and is therefore thirty
five years of age. Mr. Beach spent his boyhood
days in the county of his birth and was educa
ted at a private school. After receiving his
education, he began merchandising and succeed
ed admirably, owing to his business qualifica
In 1877 he was engaged in the manufacture
of naval stores, and is at present in the same
business. This is the first office Mr. Beach has
ever filled and the first time his name was ever
brought before the public.
Although his opposition to his present seat
was very strong, he was elected by a good ma
jority. That alone is enough to convince the
minds of the people that he is a trust
worthy young man. This step in his life
bids fair to gain for him a widespread reputa
tion as a good Representative, a useful man and
a good and honored citizen.
The following committees upon which he has
been placed shows the estimation in which he is
held by the Speaker as well as the members of
the House, viz.: Education, Temperance, Wild
Lards, County and Couniy Matters, and Luna
He is a staunch young Democrat, and always
has an eye to the interests of that great party.
Although he was raised by pious parents, de
voted members of the Baptist church, he is as
yet a non-professor: but he is strictly moral in
his habits and tastes.
His father, Archie Beach, was born in South
Carolina, but now resides in Appling county,
Ga. He is also an old-time Democrat, always
true to his party, but never an aspirant for any
office. He devotes his time to farming.
His mother was Miss Malinda Roberson, an
accomplished daughter of Wm. Roberson, of
Air. Beach has several half brothers and sis
ters, his father having been married twice.
This gentleman on the 27th day of May, 1875,
was united in marriage to Miss Margie llinson,
a charming young lady of Coffee county. Her
father, Mr. James Hinson, was an extensive
farmer and stock raiser in the county above
named. Mr. Beach is the father of five inter
esting children, three boys and two charming
little girls, whose names are Bessie, Ora, Wil
lie, James and Frank. They are all at home
and going to school. Mr. B. is very domestic,
and especially devoted to his wife and children.
Mr. Beach started out in life in adverse cir
cumstances, but by his sterling integ
rity and never-dying energy has succeeded well
in life, and has won for himself a name that is
honored and respected by all who know him.
He suffered a considerable loss at one time by
the bad management of others whom he had
We will close this sketch by saying that,
whenever you meet this gentleman, you will
come in contact with a man who is gentle in
manner, kind in spirit, honorable in all transac
tions, charitable in every instance and generous
to a fault. Appling should be proud of such a
On Christmas day, the at
honorable representative of Beard county, wJs
born in Lawrence, S. C., in the year 1822, and
moved to the Empire State of the South with
his parents when quite a youth, and settled
down in DeKalb county. His father was Mr.
Joseph Hollingsworth, and was born in South
Carolina 1795. His mother was Elizabeth A.
Rogers, the amiable daughter of a well known
farmer in the district of Lawrence, S. C. His
name'was Andrew Rogers.
His parents raised a family of nine children,
of which Mr. Hollingsworth is the fourth. He
was educated in a private school and after leav
ing school he engaged in farming, running gins,
grist and saw mills, and has been quite suc
In 1854—55, he held the office of notary public
and justice of the peace. He had no opposi
tion to his present seat, being the favorite and
popular man of his county. He is of strong
Democratic principles, and is true to the letter
in the cause he espouses. He is a member «f
four committees, agriculture, education, county
matters, and immigration.
While not a participater in the debates of the
House, he acquires great influence among the
members by his marked intelligence, and his
strict attention to the best interest of the State. .
He is wise and conservative in all ot his views
on important questions, and renders very effi- %
cient service in the committee room.
He entered the army as a private, in 1863, and
was a valuable acquisition to his company, be
ing noted for his manly appearance aud kind
ness of spirit.
On the 19th of December, 1811. he was
united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth A. Echols,
daughter of Samuel I). Echols.
The whole family are strong in the belief of
the Presbyterian doctrine.
Mr. Hollingsworth has nine children, three
boys and six girls. His sons are William, James
and Robert: his daughters, Susan. Anouette,
Joseph Darell, Camilla, EmWy and Leia Belle.
They are all married and doing well. His old
est son is in Arkansas, the balance in Heard
Mr. H. is very domestic in habits, and his
life has been distinguished by a conscientious
discharge of duty, firmness and independence
of purpose, integrity and patriotism, and his
genial, generous disposition renders him a great
favorite with the people who have railed upon
him to serve them as one of the law-makers of
this great State,
W- H. MIijLER.
This gentleman was born lit Ware county on
1 the 10th of October, 1831. During his early
boyhood, his County pfescated a frontier appear
ance, and his opportunities for securing an edu
cation were limited. However, he was educa
ted in a private school, and after leaving school
!he engaged farming.
*, In 1873-4 -5 he began merchandising. His pres
ent occupation is that of a farmer, and his suc
! cess in life has been exceedingly good.
He was elected to tbe Legislature in 18. j. He
' had several opponents in the race to his present
seat, but for some cause they declined and with
; Ilis'father was David J. Miller, who married a
! Miss Diazs’of Liberty county, and a true typo
I of Methodism. .
Mr. Miller is one of the committees on agri -
culture, railroads and public property, and is an
efficient member. .
His father was justice of the peace and shei in.
of Ware county for a number of years.
The subject of this sketch has three brothers
and five sisters, and is tbe oldest boy. He en
-1 tered the army in 1862, and was discharged at
I the surrender of General Lee. He was 3d
lieutenant, a faithful officer and a brave soldier.
hi the month of April, 1856, he was married to
Miss Marie Sweatt, daughter of Captain oames
A- Sweatt, a well known farmer in the
county where he resided. He is now dead,
Mr Miller has seven children, hve boys and
two iris, Andrew, James, Johnnie, Willie and
Ernest, Annetta L. and Minnie M. Miller are al at
home, except Annetta, who is married and lives
in Watertown. ..... r
| He began to battle with the storms of life-