Walter T. Colquitt

Walter Terry Colquitt (* December 27, 1799 in Halifax County, Virginia; † May 7, 1855 in Macon, Georgia ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 1839 to 1840 and from 1842 to 1843 he sat for the U.S. state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. Between 1843 and 1848 he represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate.


Colquitt was born in Halifax County, Virginia. With his parents he moved to Mount Zion in Georgia. He studied law at Princeton University. In 1820 he was admitted to the bar and was henceforth active in Sparta as an attorney. Towards the end of Colquitt was included in the state militia. In 1826 he was temporarily residing in Cowpens, was elected as a judge at the Court of Chattahoochee circuit. 1827 Colquitt was then ordained as a Methodist preacher. In 1829 he succeeded in re-election to his judgeship. 1834 and 1837 he was a member of the State Senate.

In 1839 he took a first in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the candidate of the United States Whig Party. In 1840, he returned his mandate. Colquitts first wife died 1841. During the same year he married Alphea B. Fauntleroy, who died unexpectedly in 1842. His third wife Harriet W. Ross, he married in 1843. The re- entry into the House succeeded him in 1842 as the successor of Eugenius Aristides Nisbet resigned. Following it, he was in 1843 elected as a U.S. Senator for Georgia again in Congress. During his membership in the Senate, he was for a time Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the District of Columbia and the United States Senate Committee on Patents. In 1848 he resigned and returned to the bar and preacher to Georgia.

During a trip Colquitt died 1855 in Macon. He was buried in Columbus on the Linwood Cemetery.

The Colquitt County, Georgia is named after him. His son, Alfred H. Colquitt, was among other things, Governor of Georgia.