Augustus Emmett MAXWELL, Congress, FL (1820-1903)


MAXWELL, Augustus Emmett, (grandfather of Emmett Wilson), a Representative from Florida; born in Elberton, Elbert County, Ga., September 21, 1820; attended private school; was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1841; studied law; was admitted to the Alabama bar in 1843 and practiced in Eutaw, Ala., 1843-1845; moved to Tallahassee, Fla., in 1845; attorney general of Florida in 1846 and 1847; member of the State house of representatives in 1847; secretary of state in 1848; served in the State senate in 1849 and 1850; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); was not a candidate for renomination in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; United States Navy agent at Pensacola 1857-1861; served in the Senate of the Confederate States 1862-1865; judge of the State supreme court in 1865 and 1866; elected president of the Pensacola & Montgomery Railroad in 1866; judge of the circuit court of Florida 1877-1885; member of the State constitutional convention of 1885; chief justice and later associate justice of the State supreme court 1887-1891; died in Chipley, Washington County, Fla., on May 5, 1903; interment in St. John’s Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present