Thomas P. Carnes

Thomas Petters Carnes (* 1762 in Maryland; † May 5, 1822 in Franklin County, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1793 and 1795 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The date of birth and the exact birthplace of Thomas Carnes are unknown. The only certainty is that he was born in 1762 in the then British colony of Maryland. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Milledgeville (Georgia ) to work in his new profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1786 and 1797 he was several times as a delegate in the House of Representatives from Georgia. After that, he was a prosecutor in the Western District Court. Between 1789 and 1792, he served as Attorney General of his state. Politically, he was in opposition to the then federal government under President George Washington.

In the state- wide held congressional elections of 1792 Carnes was elected for the second deputy's mandate in Georgia at that time which meets even in Philadelphia U.S. House of Representatives. There he met on March 4, 1793 the successor of John Milledge. Until March 3, 1795 he completed a term in Congress. After his retirement from the House of Representatives Carnes first worked as a lawyer again. From 1798 to 1803 he was a judge in the western district court of his state. In 1798 he was member of a commission to revise the State Constitution of Georgia. In 1806 he was a member of a committee, arbitrating the territorial dispute between the states of Georgia and North Carolina. In the years 1807 and 1808 Carnes was again a deputy in the House of Representatives from Georgia. He died in May 1822 his farm in what was then Franklin County. Today, the property is located in Hart County.