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This Day in Georgia History

November 05, 1852

Howell Cobb Sworn in as Governor

Howell Cobb was sworn in as Georgia governor. Born in Georgia on Sept. 7, 1815, Cobb served four terms in Congress (1843-51) with the last two years as Speaker of the House, was elected governor by Georgia voters in 1851 for one two-year term, returned to Congress for one additional term (1855-57), and was appointed by Pres. Buchanan to be U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1857-60). Cobb served as a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He died while on a visit to New York City on Oct. 9, 1868.

To view an image of Howell Cobb, see the Digital Library of Georgia.