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Biography of Augustus Octavius Bacon


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Bacon, Augustus Octavius. United States senator from Georgia. Born in Bryan County, Georgia, October 20, 1839. Graduate of University of Georgia 1859, law department of same in 1860. Served as regimental adjutant and staff captain in Confederate States Army. In law practice in Macon 1866-1914. Member several Democratic state conventions (president, 1880); delegate Democratic National Convention 1884; several times candidate for Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia; presidential elector 1868; member (1870-82, 1892, 1893) and speaker (1873-74, 1877-82), Georgia House of Representatives. Elected to the United States Senate 1894; re-elected 1900, 1907, and 1913 (the last time, by direct vote of the people). He was the first senator to be elected in accordance with the XVII amendment. Died 1914.