George Nelson Lester Sr.
Born: March 13, 1824
Birthplace: Abbeville District, South Carolina
Father: Richard Henry Lester 1800 – 1836
Mother: Mary Minor Sims 1800 – 1888
Wife: Margaret Isabella Irwin 1836 – 1892
(Buried: Marietta City Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia)
Married: November 3, 1853 in Georgia
Mary J. Lester Banks 1855 – 1934
(Buried: Marietta City Cemetery Marietta Georgia)
David Paul Lester 1856 – 1930
Henry Joseph Lester 1861 -
George Nelson Lester Jr. 1863 – 1940
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery Falls Church Virginia)
Robert Thomas Lester 1871 – 1943
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia)
Sallie Lester Davis Unknown 1874 – 1952
(Buried: Westview Cemetery Atlanta Georgia)
Political Party: Democratic Political Party
Occupation before War:
Attorney in Cumming Georgia
Moved his Legal Practice to Marietta Georgia in the 1850’s.
1855 – 1858: Georgia State Supreme Court Reporter
1858 – 1861: Georgia State Representative
Chairman of Georgia State House Judiciary Committee
Civil War Career:
Organized a company in the 41st Georgia Infantry Regiment
1862: Wounded and arm amputated Battle of Perryville Kentucky
Served in the Georgia State Reserves
1864 – 1865: Confederate States Congressman from Georgia
1864 – 1865: Member of House Rules and Officers of the House Committee
1864 – 1865: Member of House Quartermaster’s and Commissary Departments and Military Transportation Committee
1864: Believer of Confederacy must independence with existing forces
1864 – 1865: Refused to weaken the army by interfering with command.
1864 – 1865: Didn’t believe the home front should offer more supplies
1864 – 1865: Advocate for exempting labor from army for production.
1864 – 1865: Opposed further controls over persons or property.
1864: Offered a tax proposal but the law offered only moderate measures.
1865: Worked quietly for peace
1865: His last day in Congress was February 3rd the day of Hampton Roads Failure
Occupation after War:
Attorney in Marietta Georgia
Commissioner of Home Department for Bureau of Immigration
Judge of Blue Ridge Circuit Court in Georgia.
1888: Georgia Democratic Party Presidential Elector
1890: Suffered a Paralytic stroke while running for Attorney General.
1890 – 1892: Georgia State Attorney General
1890 – 1892: Suffered from the effects of a Paralytic Stroke
Died: March 30, 1892
Place of Death: Marietta Georgia
Age at time of Death: 68 years old
Burial Place: Marietta City Cemetery Marietta Georgia
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