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  Jenkins, Charles J.
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NameCharles J. Jenkins
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, Georgia , United States
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Born January 06, 1805
DiedJune 14, 1883 (78 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
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Feb 07, 2013 09:30pm
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InfoCharles Jenkins may be best know today as the first elected governor of Georgia after the Civil War and the last governor to occupy the Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, but this Augustan was considerably more than that. Jenkins served as solicitor, and served a number of terms in the Georgia house. He gained national attention in 1850 with his "Georgia Platform," which was conciliatory in tone about slavery in territories of the United States.

The national exposure brought him a vice-presidential bid on the National Union party but the ticket did not receive any electoral votes. A devout Christian believed that Georgia had the right to secede, but that Lincoln had not committed an overt act, such as manumission of the slaves. Just before the start of the Civil War, governor Joseph Brown appointed him to associate justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. He would serve in this position during the Civil War.

After the war, Jones was the sole candidate in the election of 1865, to replace pro-Union governor James Johnson. The election actually preceded Georgia's ratification of the 13th Amendment (slavery and involuntary servitude ends, unless a punishment for crime), a requirement to end Presidential Reconstruction. With its passing, and Jones inauguration, Johnson realized he had to relinquish the governorship.


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