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Howell Cobb
September 7, 1815 Howell Cobb born, Jefferson, Georgia
  Howell Cobb
December 22, 1849 Howell Cobb is elected Speaker of the House
  Howell Cobb
November 5, 1851 Howell Cobb begins term as governor of Georgia
  Governors of Georgia, 1801-1900
  Howell Cobb
December 8, 1860 Howell Cobb resigns as Secretary of the Treasury
  Civil War - 1860
  Howell Cobb
February 4, 1861 Georgia joins Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina, becoming a member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America. Georgian Howell Cobb is named president of the assembly.
  Civil War - 1861
  Robert Toombs
  Howell Cobb
February 24, 1861 The Montgomery Convention completes the Constitution of the Confederate States of America
  Howell Cobb
November 18, 1864 Joseph Wheeler arrives to defend Macon. Along with Howell Cobb, William Hardee and G. P. T. Beauregard, the city had about 10,000 men to defend it.
  City of Macon, Georgia
  March to the Sea
  Howell Cobb
April 20, 1865 Major General Howell Cobb surrenders his troops and the city of Macon, Georgia
  Howell Cobb
October 9, 1868 Howell Cobb dies, New York City
  Howell Cobb


Born in Jefferson but raised in Athens, Howell Cobb attended Franklin College (today's University of Georgia). Cobb was admitted to the bar following his graduation in 1836. After serving in the U. S. House from 1843 until 1851 Cobb returned to Georgia to sucessfully run for Governor on a pro-Union ticket in 1851.

President James Buchanan selected Cobb as his Secretary of the Treasury, and from 1857 until his resignation in 1860, Cobb made a dramatic change on his pro-Union stance. Convinced that the United States was moving in the wrong direction on slavery he became a zealous defender of the South's "right" to secede.

Cobb presided over the Montgomery Convention (Alabama) that drafted the Confederate Constitution.




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