GOLDTHWAITE, George (1809-1879)
Senate Years of Service: 1871-1877

GOLDTHWAITE, GEORGE, a Senator from Alabama; born in Boston, Mass., December 10, 1809; attended the public schools; studied at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1823-1826; moved to Alabama in 1826; studied law; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Monticello, Pike County, Ala.; judge of the circuit court 1843-1852; associate justice of the State supreme court 1852-1856; appointed chief justice in 1856, but resigned, and resumed the practice of law; served as adjutant general of Alabama during the Civil War; elected judge of the circuit court in 1868, but was disqualified from serving; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1877; was not a candidate for reelection; retired from public life; died in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 16, 1879, interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1867 and 1872. 2 items. Letter and diary of Mrs. Goldthwaite kept on a journey through Europe with her husband. Also photographs and portrait.
Papers: Correspondence in Alabama Governor record book containing miscellaneous records of governors, 1835-1863; Ball and Crommelin Law firm records, [ca. 1820]-[ca.1870]; Alabama Governor military correspondence, 1860-1861; Edward H. Moren papers, 1841-1887; and Henry C. Semple papers, 1846-1919.

  • Ormond, John James, Arthur Pendleton Bagby, George Goldthwaite, and Henry Churchill Semple, eds. The Code of Alabama. Montgomery: Brittan De Wolf, 1852.
  • Watson, Elbert L. "George Thomas Goldthwaite.'' In Alabama United States Senators, pp. 80-81. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.