Nelson Tift

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"July 23, 1810 -- November 21, 1891) Nelson Tift was a(n) merchant, founder of a city, justice of the peace, public servant, judge, soldier, publisher and founder of newspaper, railroad builder, and American politician. Nelson was born in Groton, Connecticut and moved to Georgia. Nelson was founder of the Augusta Guards (1835), founder of the city of Albany, Georgia (1836), justice of the peace, served as a delegate to State convention in Milledgeville, Georgia to reduce membership of state legislature, member of the state house of representatives (1841, 1847, 1851-1852), founder; publisher; editor of Albany Patriot (1845), and delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1877. Nelson was elected to the Baker County Inferior Court (July 5, 1840 and reelected in 1841 and 1849). During the Civil War was connected with the Confederate States Navy Supply Department with the rank of captain. Tift was also elected as a Democrat to the 40th Congress (July 25, 1868 - March 3, 1869) and upon presenting credentials was not permitted to qualify in the 41st Congress. He also contested the election of Richard H. Whitely, 41st Congress, but no action was taken. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available at]"

Member of Georgia Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment.

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