Augustus Octavius Bacon

Augustus Octavius ​​Bacon ( born October 20, 1839 Bryan County, Georgia, † February 14, 1914 in Washington, DC ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 1895 until his death, he sat for the U.S. state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate.


Bacon was born in Bryan County, where he spent his childhood. In 1859 he completed his law studies at the University of Georgia. During his studies, he was a member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Literary Society.

During the American Civil War Bacon served in the Confederate States Army. After Georgia had returned to the Union, he was from 1871 to 1886 a member of the House of Representatives from Georgia. This he sat most of his tenure as Speaker before. In 1894 he was first elected as one of two representatives of Georgia in the U.S. Senate. The re-election, he managed a total of three times. During his tenure in the Senate, he served as Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Between 1911 and 1913, Bacon served several times as president pro tempore of the Senate of the United States as a result of the difficult majorities Democrats and Republicans had agreed to this compromise solution. When Senator Bacon himself sat among other things to ensure that streets in Washington, DC are named after the states. 1908 was able to record a success Bacon, the Brightwood Avenue was renamed Georgia Avenue. The former Georgia Avenue, a traffic tactically rather insignificant street was renamed Potomac Avenue.

At the age of 74 years Bacon died in Washington, DC He was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon.

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