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CARNES, Thomas Petters

1762–1822

Biography

CARNES, Thomas Petters, a Representative from Georgia; born in Maryland in 1762; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Milledgeville, Ga.; member of the State house of representatives 1786, 1787, 1789, and 1797; solicitor general for the western circuit of Georgia; attorney general of Georgia from December 1789 until December 1792, when he resigned; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); resumed the practice of law; judge of the western circuit court of Georgia from January 1798 until May 1803, when he resigned, and from December 1809 to November 1810; member of the State constitutional convention in 1798; appointed one of the commissioners to settle the boundary disputes between the States of Georgia and North Carolina in 1806; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1807 and 1808; died on his farm in Franklin (now Hart) County, Ga., May 5, 1822; interment in the garden on his estate.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: 1794-1795, 4 items. Personal correspondence including letters written by Thomas Carnes while attending Congress, with comments on the affairs of the nation, Barbary pirates, John Jay's mission to London, and the attempt of the United States to maintain prestige among the European powers.
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