Alfred Iverson, Sr.

Alfred Iverson senior ( born December 3, 1798 Liberty County, Georgia, † March 4, 1873 in Macon, Georgia ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 1847 to 1849 he sat for the U.S. state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. Between 1855 and 1861 he represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate.


Iverson was born in Liberty County, where he attended the local schools. He then studied at the College of New Jersey law. The studies he completed successfully in 1820. In 1822 he was admitted to the bar. From then on he worked as a lawyer.

His first political experience gathered Iverson, as he sat 1827-1830 in the House of Representatives from Georgia. In 1830 he moved to Columbus, where he continued to work as a lawyer. Between 1835 and 1837 he finally was a judge at the Superior Court of Georgia. Even after that he was more politically active, he was from 1843 to 1844 Member of the Senate of Georgia. In 1844, he was also a member of the Electoral College.

1846 Iverson was elected as representative of the second election district of Georgia to the U.S. House of Representatives. There he served only one term of 1849 and divorced again. He then worked again until his election as a federal senator for Georgia as a judge at the Superior Court. From 1855 on, he sat for Georgia in the U.S. Senate. He was from 1857 to 1861 Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Claims. Shortly after Georgia had broken with other southern states of the USA, Iverson resigned as senator. After his retirement from politics he was still working as a lawyer until 1868. Until his death in 1873, he now lived in Macon, where he owned a plantation. Iverson was buried at the Linwood Cemetery in Columbus.

Iverson was married to Caroline Goode Holt. Together they had a son, Alfred Iverson junior.

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