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McDANIEL, Henry Dickerson, governor of Georgia, born in Monroe, Walton County, Georgia, 4 September, 1837. He was graduated at Mercer university, where his father, Ira O., was a professor, in 1856, studied law, and practised in Monroe. He was the youngest member of the Georgia secession convention in 1861, and at first opposed disunion, but finally voted for the measure. He joined the Confederate army as a lieutenant, rose to the rank of major in 1862, commanded a brigade at Gettysburg, was severely wounded at Hagerstown in the retreat from Gettysburg, and was in the hospital at Chester, Pennsylvania, and subsequently a prisoner at Johnson's island, Ohio, until the close of hostilities. He resumed practice at Monroe, Georgia, in 1865, and was a member of the State constitutional convention in that year. On the removal of his civil disabilities in 1872 he was elected to the legislature, and, as chairman of the finance committee of the house proposed a law for the taxation of railroads that has been followed in other states. After the adoption of the constitution of 1877 as chairman of the judiciary committee, he had charge of the legislation that was made necessary by constitutional changes. On the death of Governor Alexander H. Stephens he was elected governor, 24 April, 1883, for the unexpired term, and in 1884 was re-elected without opposition for the succeeding term, which ended in November, 1886.
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