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This Day in Georgia History

April 03, 1818

John Gill Shorter Born

Alabama governor John Gill Shorter was born in Monticello, Georgia, though his family moved to Eufaula, Ala. in 1833. Shorter graduated from the University of Georgia in 1837 and was admitted to the Alabama bar the following year. A supporter of secession, Shorter represented Alabama in the Confederate Congress until his election as Alabama governor. He served one term (1861-63). Shorter died on May 29, 1872.