George Washington Bridges

George Washington Bridges ( born October 9, 1825 Charleston, Bradley County, Tennessee; † March 16, 1873 in Athens, Tennessee ) was an American politician. In 1863, he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


George Bridges visited the East Tennessee University, Knoxville. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1848 admitted to the bar he began in Athens to work in his new profession. He was also engaged in farming and in politics. Between 1849 and 1860 Bridges was Attorney General of the State of Tennessee. Prior to the Civil War, he pleaded with the Union.

In the congressional elections of 1860 he became a Unionist in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There, he should take up his new mandate on March 4, 1861. On the way to the capital, he was caught and arrested by troops of the Confederacy. He was returned to Tennessee and imprisoned for over a year. Then he managed to escape to the North. On February 25, 1863, he could be elected to the Congress then take even for a little more than a week until the end of the current legislature on March 3 this year yet.

Between August 1863 and December 1864, he served as an officer in the army of the Union. He reached the rank of lieutenant colonel. In the years 1866 and 1867 George Bridges judge was in the fourth judicial district of Tennessee. He died on March 16, 1873 in Athens.