Robert Toombs

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(2 July, 1810 -- 15 December, 1885) Toombs was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician. Born in Wilkes County, Ga., Toombs studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1830. Toombs commanded a company in the Creek War in 1836 and served as a member of the State House of Representatives from 1837 to 1840 and 1841 to 1843. Toombs was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses serving March 4th, 1845 to March 3rd, 1853. Toombs was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1852, was reelected in 1858, and served from March 4th, 1853 to February 4th, 1861. After he withdrew, his seat was declared vacant by Senate resolution on March 4th, 1861. Toombs was a member of the State sovereignty convention at Milledgeville, Ga. in 1861. During the Civil War, Toombs served in the Confederate Provisional Congress and was Secretary of State of teh Confederate States, Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. Toombs fled to Havana after the Civil War to avoid arrest, returning to Washington, Ga. in 1867. Toombs served as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1877 and died in 1885. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

Member of Georgia Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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