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COBB, Thomas W., senator, born in Columbia county, Georgia, in 1784; died in Greensborough, Georgia, 1 February, 1830. His father, John Cobb, immigrated from Virginia. Thomas studied law with William H. Crawford, settled in Lexington, Georgia, and soon became distinguished in his profession. He served two terms in congress, from 1817 till 1821, took his seat again in 1823, and before the expiration of his term, in 1824, was chosen United States senator in place of Nicholas Ware, deceased. He resigned in 1828, and became a judge of the superior court of his state. Senator Cobb was an eloquent debater, one of his best speeches being on General Jackson's policy in the Florida campaign. Together with Mercer, of Virginia, and Clay, of Kentucky, he advocated a vote of censure on that officer. He was also prominent in the debates on the Missouri question in 1819. He wrote several admirable political essays.--His son, Joseph Beekham, author, born in Oglethorpe county, Georgia, 11 April, 1819 ; died in Columbus, Georgia, September, 1858, was educated at Wilmington, South Carolina, and at Franklin College, Athens, Georgia He removed in 1838 to Noxubee county, Mississippi, where he devoted himself to literary pursuits. He was elected to the state convention as a Whig in 1851, was several times a member of the state senate, and in 1853 was an American candidate for congress. He published "The Creole, or the Siege of New Orleans," a novel (Philadelphia, 1850);" Mississippi Scenes, or Sketches of Southern and Western Life and Adventure" (1850)" and " Leisure Labors" (New York, 1858). He was a frequent contributor of political essays to the "American Review."
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