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 law, he gained a worthy prominence in his profession, and in political life became an active worker for the best interests of the people. He was a member of the constitutional convention of 1875; was elected State senator in 1876 and re-elected in 1880; was president of the State senate from. 1882 to 1884, and was a delegate to the national Democratic convention of 1892. In 1894 he was elected to Congress to fill the unexpired term of Hon. W. C. Oates, and at the same time elected to the full term in the Fifty-fourth Congress.
Brigadier-General Alfred Iverson was born at Clinton, Ga., February 14, 1829, the son of Senator Alfred Iverson, who married Caroline Goode Holt. Young Iverson spent his childhood in Washington City and in Columbus, Ga. He was at the military institute in Tuskegee, Ala., when the Mexican war began. Though only seventeen years of age he was so eager to go to the war that his father allowed him to leave school and enter a Georgia regiment that he had been largely instrumental in equipping. After his service in Mexico he commenced to study law in his father's office at Columbus, Ga., but soon grew tired of that and began contracting on railroads in Georgia. In 1855 he received the appointment of first lieutenant in the First United States cavalry, a regiment just then authorized by Congress. He recruited a company, mostly from Georgia and Kentucky, and reported for duty to Col. E. V. Sumner at Jefferson barracks, Missouri. He was sent into Kansas during the troubles in that territory in 1856. While stationed at Carlisle, Pa., he married Miss Harriet Harris Hutchins, daughter of Judge N. L. Hutchins, of Gwinnett county, Ga. He was in the expedition against the Mormons and on frontier duty at Fort Washita, Indian Territory, and engaged in expeditions against the Comanches and Kiowas. When Georgia seceded from the Union, Lieutenant Iverson resigned his commission in the United
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