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IVERSON, Alfred, senator, born in Burke county, Georgia, 3 December, 1798; died in Macon, Georgia, 4 March, 1873. He was graduated at Princeton in 1820, studied law, and practiced at Columbus. Ga. He was three times a member of the legislature in the lower house, and once in the upper, and was for seven years a judge of the superior court for the Columbus circuit. He was a presidential elector in 1844, and in 1846 was chosen to congress as a Democrat. He was afterward elected to the United States senate, and took his seat on 3 December, 1855, but withdrew, 28 January, 1861, on the passage by his state of an ordinance of secession. While in the senate he was for a long time chairman of the committee on claims. He was an open advocate of disunion, and one of the leaders of the secession movement. Just before withdrawing from the senate he said in a speech that the southern states would never be satisfied with any concession "that does not fully recognize, not only the existence of slavery in its present form, but the right of the southern people to emigrate to the common territories with their slave property, and their right to congressional protection, while the territorial existence lasts." After hostilities had begun, Mr. Iverson became colonel of a regiment that he had raised for the Confederate army, and in November, 1862, was commissioned brigadier-general.
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