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BARNETT, William

1761–1832

Biography

BARNETT, William, a Representative from Georgia; born in Amherst County, Va., March 4, 1761; moved to Georgia with his father, who settled in Columbia County; at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War returned to Virginia with his brother and joined a military company from Amherst County under the leadership of the Marquis de Lafayette and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown; returned to Georgia at the close of the war and settled on Broad River, Elbert County; sheriff of Elbert County for several years; member of the State senate and served as pesident of that body; elected as a Republican to the Twelfth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Howell Cobb; reelected to the Thirteenth Congress and served from October 5, 1812, to March 3, 1815; appointed commissioner to establish the boundaries of the Creek Indian Reservation in 1815; moved to Montgomery County, Ala., and engaged in planting; died in Montgomery County, Ala., April 1832; interment in the Gilmer-Christian-Barnett Cemetery, near Mathews Station, Montgomery County, Ala.

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

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the John Coffee Papers, 1796-1887, 2 cubic feet. Other authors include William Barnett.

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names. The file primarily is incoming correspondence to the Governor of Georgia. A finding aid is available in the repository.
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