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This Day in Georgia History

September 04, 1836

Henry McDaniel Born

To view a letterbook of Henry McDaniel, see the Georgia Archives

Prominent lawyer, Georgia politician, and businessman Henry McDaniel was born in Monroe, Georgia. Graduating from Mercer University in 1856, he studied law for a year before being admitted to the bar. Practicing law in Monroe at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War, McDaniel joined an infantry regiment as a lieutenant, eventually being promoted to major. In 1863, he was wounded in battle, captured, and sent to a Union prison for the remainder of the war. After the war, he resumed the practice of law. Serving as a delegate in the constitutional convention of 1865, McDaniel was elected to the General Assembly, where he served two years in the House and eight years in the Senate. On the death of Gov. Alexander Stephens in 1883, McDaniel was elected to fill his unexpired term, and then reelected for a full two-year term in 1884. After serving as governor, McDaniel resumed the practice of law. At the same time, he invested wisely and became very wealthy. He served on the board of directors of a variety of businesses and financial institutions, as well as the board of trustees of the University of Georgia. In 1926, he died at age 90 at his home in Walton County.

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