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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GEN ERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORIGA. FACTS AND INCIDENTS OF HISTORICAL NOTE IN THEIR LIVES. Interesting Data For Future Reference, I HON. W. A. LITTLE. Speaker of tlae House. MUSCOGEE COUNTY. 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. I I "Xj; C. R. PRINGLE. WASHINGTON COUNTY. 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 hold word. 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 r 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 for Governor. ROBERT WILLIAM 10VERETT. POLK COUNTY. 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 ing. 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 business. / 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 Cedartown, Ga. 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 old homestead. I I® I ' 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 ' j THOMAS JEFFERSON Efl AKAI. SON. UNION COUNTY. 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 floor. 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 ; I times. ! 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 i prohibition. ELBERT FAGAN. HOUSTON COUNTY. 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. IIVBOARD REYNOLDS. TWIGGS COUNTY. 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 with timber. A He was elected to the Legislature for this verm, with no opposition whatever, and is a Staunch Democrat. 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 place. COL. AVIER ROYB. LUMPKIN COUNTY. 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 .uents. I . ■ JO OEPII Me AV KORTES. OGLETHORPE VOUNTY. ■ 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. PIKE COUNTY. 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. MACON COUNTY. 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 ! name. 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. 1 ; TROUP COUNTY. 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 and ability. 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 i 1884. [ 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 . i 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. APPLING COUNTY. 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 tions. 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 tic Asylum. 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 Appling county. 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 employed. 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 representative. LEVA HOJuLINGSWORTH. 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 cessful. 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 county. 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. WARE COUNTY. 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- 3