John Henry Lumpkin

John Henry Lumpkin ( born June 13, 1812 in Lexington, Georgia, † July 10, 1860 in Rome, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1849, and again from 1855 to 1857, he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Lumpkin was a nephew of Wilson Lumpkin (1783-1870), who was from 1831 to 1835 Governor of Georgia and represented that state in both chambers of Congress. He attended the common schools and then studied in the years 1831 and 1832 at the Franklin College, later the University of Georgia in Athens, as well as Yale University. Thereafter he served as private secretary to his uncle, who was then governor of Georgia, works. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1834 admitted to the bar he began in Rome to work in his new profession.

Politically, Lumpkin member of the Democratic Party. In 1835 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Georgia, 1838, he was district attorney of the judicial district of the Cherokee. In 1840 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. In the state- wide discharged congressional elections of 1842, he was but then for the eighth parliamentary mandate of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Walter T. Colquitt on March 4, 1843. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1849 three legislative periods. These were shaped by the events of the Mexican -American War since 1845. From 1845, Lumpkins represented as the successor of Howell Cobb to the fifth congressional district of his home state.

After his preliminary leaving the U.S. House of Representatives Lumpkin worked 1850-1853 as a judge in the judicial district of the city of Rome. In the elections of 1854 he was elected again in the fifth district in Congress, where he Elijah Webb Chastain replaced on March 4, 1855. Since he resigned in 1856 to further candidacy, he could spend up to March 3, 1857 just another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. There was debated at that time violently to the question of slavery. In addition, the tensions increased in the run-up to the Civil War.

After his final retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Lumpkin again worked as a lawyer. In 1857 he ran unsuccessfully for the governorship of Georgia. In 1860 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charleston, on the did not make the party, to agree on a presidential candidate. Lumpkin died on July 10 of the same year in his hometown of Rome.