Henry Persons

Henry Persons ( * January 30, 1834 at Smarrs, Monroe County, Georgia, † 17 June 1910 in Talbotton, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1879 and 1881 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Already in 1836 came Henry Persons into the Talbot County, where he attended the public schools. Then he studied until 1855 at the University of Georgia in Athens. During the Civil War he was Captain of a cavalry unit from Georgia who fought for the Confederacy.

After the war Persons was active in Talbot County in agriculture. Later, he was also politically active as an independent Democrat. In the congressional elections of 1878 he was in the fourth electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded Henry R. Harris took on 4 March 1879 that he had beaten in the election. Since he was not nominated in the elections of the year 1880 by his party, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1881.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Persons moved to Geneva. After studying law and its made ​​in 1885 admitted to the bar he began in Talbotton to work in his new profession. Between 1898 and 1910 he was a judge in Talbot County. Since 1894 he also served as curator of the University of Georgia.