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This Day in Georgia History

July 02, 1810

Robert Toombs Born

Robert Toombs was born in Wilkes County, Georgia. At age 20, he would open a law practice in Washington, Georgia. After six years in the Georgia House, he was elected to the U.S. House (1846-1851) and to the U.S. Senate (1851-1861). A strong proponent of Georgia’s secession in January 1861, Toombs was named Confederate Secretary of State–a post he soon resigned. In July 1861, he was named general of a Confederate regiment – but proved temperamental. At the end of the war, he fled to Europe. Returning two years later, the “unreconstructed rebel” refused to apply for a pardon. During Reconstruction, he fought Republican control of Georgia and proved to be the most influential member of Georgia’s Redeemer state constitutional convention in 1877.