Henry Gray Turner

Henry Gray Turner ( * March 20, 1839 in Henderson, North Carolina, † June 9, 1904 in Raleigh, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1881 and 1897 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Henry Turner attended the common schools and then studied until 1857 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In 1859 he moved to the Brooks County, Georgia, where he worked as a teacher. During the Civil War he joined the army of the Confederate States from simple soldiers to up to captain. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1865 admitted to the bar he began in Quitman to work in his new profession. Politically, Turner was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1874 and 1876 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Georgia. In 1876 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. After that, he was from 1878 to 1879 again to the State Parliament.

In the congressional elections of 1880 Turner was the second electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Ephraim Smith on March 4, 1881. After seven elections he could pass in Congress until March 3, 1897 eight legislatures. Since 1893 he represented there, the then newly created eleventh district of his state. From 1883 to 1887 was Turner Chairman of the Election Committee; 1893 to 1895 he headed the committee to control expenditure of the Ministry of Interior. For the elections of 1896 Turner declined to run again. As a result, he again worked as a lawyer in Quitman. In 1903 he became a judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He died on June 9, 1904 in Raleigh, and was buried in Quitman.