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This Day in Georgia History

April 21, 1805

Augustus Holmes Kenan Born

Politician Augustus Holmes Kenan was born in Milledgeville, Ga. He would serve three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and one in the Georgia Senate before raising a company of men to serve in Florida during the Seminole War. He received notable citations from Gov. George Gilmer and Gen. Winfield Scott for his role in the Cherokee removal. Kenan was a delegate to the Secession Convention in 1861, where he argued and voted against secession. For unity’s sake he did sign the Ordinance of Secession. Kenan was one of nine Georgia delegates to the Montgomery convention which produced the Confederate Constitution. He became a loyal supporter and friend of Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis, which caused considerable friction between him and Georgia governor Joseph E. Brown. Brown tried to block Kenan’s pardon after the war, but the pardon was issued by Pres. Andrew Johnson in May of 1865. Just three weeks later, on June 16, 1865, Kenan died at his home in Milledgeville.