Goldsmith Whitehouse HEWITT, Congress, AL (1834-1895)


HEWITT, Goldsmith Whitehouse, a Representative from Alabama; born near Elyton (now Birmingham), Jefferson County, Ala., February 14, 1834; attended the country schools; entered the Confederate Army in June 1861 as a private in Company B, Tenth Regiment, Alabama Infantry; was promoted to captain of Company G, Twenty-eighth Regiment, Alabama Infantry, in 1862; was graduated from the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1866; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Birmingham, Ala.; member of the State house of representatives in 1870 and 1871; served in the State senate from 1872 to 1874 and resigned in the latter year; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); elected to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1885); chairman, Committee on Pensions (Forty-eighth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; resumed the practice of law; again a member of the State house of representatives 1886-1888; died in Birmingham, Ala., on May 27, 1895; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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