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HEFLIN, Robert Stell, lawyer, born in Morgan county, Georgia, 15 April, 1815. He was educated at Fayetteville, Georgia, where his parents settled in 1832, was clerk of the county court in 1836-'9, admitted to the bar in 1840, and practised in Fayetteville and Wedowee. He was a member of the Georgia senate in 1840-'1, of the house of representatives in 1846 and 1849, and of the senate in 1857 and 1860. As an uncompromising Union man he was compelled to pass through the lines to Sherman's army in August, 1864. He was appointed judge of probate in 1865, and elected to that office in 1866, was a presidential elector in 1868, and was then elected to congress as a Republican, serving from 7 December, 1869, to 3 March, 1871.
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