COLQUITT, Walter Terry

1799–1855

Biography

COLQUITT, Walter Terry, (father of Alfred Holt Colquitt), a Representative and a Senator from Georgia; born in Halifax County, Va., December 27, 1799; moved with his parents to Mount Zion, Carroll County, Ga.; attended the common schools and Princeton College; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Sparta, Hancock County, Ga.; moved to Cowpens, Ga.; elected judge of the Chattahoochee circuit in 1826 and reelected in 1829; was licensed a Methodist preacher in 1827; member, State senate 1834, 1837; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1839, to July 21, 1840, when he resigned; elected as a Van Buren Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress to fill in part vacancies caused by the resignations of Julius C. Alford, William C. Dawson, and Eugenius A. Nisbet, and served from January 3, 1842, to March 3, 1843; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1843, until his resignation in February 1848; chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Twenty-ninth Congress), Committee on Patents and Patent Office (Twenty-ninth Congress); member of the Nashville convention in 1850; died in Macon, Ga., May 7, 1855; interment in Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Ga.

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

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External Research Collections

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names, primarily incoming correspondence to the governor of Georgia. Finding aid.

Georgia Historical Society

Savannah, GA
Papers: 1 letter.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Carter papers, 1806-1868.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Mellichamp, Josephine. "Walter T. Colquitt." In Senators from Georgia, pp. 119-21. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.

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