John Goff Ballentine

John Goff Ballentine ( born May 20, 1825 Pulaski, Tennessee, † November 23, 1915 ) was an American politician. Between 1883 and 1887 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Ballentine visited the Wurtemberg Academy until 1841 and from then until 1845, the University of Nashville. After a subsequent law degree from Harvard University and his made ​​in 1848 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Pulaski. At times, he also belonged to the faculty of the Livingston Law School in New York. 1854 Ballentine moved to Mississippi, where he worked as a lawyer and in agriculture. In 1860 he settled in Memphis.

During the Civil War Ballentine was a colonel in the Army of the Confederacy. After the war he returned to Pulaski. Politically Ballentine was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1882 he was in the seventh election district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC chosen, where he became the successor of Washington C. Whitthorne on March 4, 1883. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1887 two legislative sessions.

1886 John Ballentine rejected from another Congress candidate. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he withdrew into retirement. He died on 23 November 1915 at the age of 90 in his native Pulaski.