McDonald, Charles James, 1793-1860

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Birth 1793-07-09
Death 1860-12-16

Biographical notes:

Charles James McDonald (1793-1860) graduated at South Carolina College in 1816 and was admitted to the bar in 1817. He served in the Georgia Assembly and was elected governor of Georgia in 1839. He is credited with saving the Western and Atlantic Railroad and improving the financial condition of the state government.

From the description of Charles James McDonald papers, 1834-1854. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122517417

Governor of Georgia, jurist, and public official of Georgia.

From the description of Letters of Charles James McDonald, 1825-1852. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454469

Charles James McDonald (1793-1860) was a native of South Carolina who at an early age moved to Hancock County, Georgia. He was a lawyer, solicitor general of the Flint circuit in 1822, judge of the Flint circuit in 1825, and brigadier general in the state militia. In 1830 he was elected to the lower house of the state legislature; he was elected to the state senate in 1834 and 1837; he served as governor of Georgia from 1839-1843, and from 1855-1859 he was a member of the state Supreme Court.

From the description of Charles James McDonald letters, 1842-1848. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 99997575

Governor of Georgia (1839-1843) and justice of the state supreme court (1855-1859).

From the description of Letters, 1842, 1859. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 41150051


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