CS Con -Lester, George Nelson Sr. - C.S. Congressman, GA

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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