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Akerman, Amos Tappan

Born: 1821 AD
Died: 1880 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Lawyers, Politician

1821 – Born on the 23rd of February in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.

1842 – He attended Phillips Exeter Academy high school, and then attended Dartmouth College graduating as a member of the class.

1850 – He studied law, eventually moving to Elberton, Georgia, where he opened up a law firm.

       – He joined the Confederate Army where he served in the quartermaster’s department.

1868 – He became opposed to slavery, and would play a crucial role in Reconstruction as a member of Georgia’s state constitutional convention.

1869 – He appointed as U.S. district attorney for Georgia.

1870 – He was appointed as Attorney General on the 23rd of June, by President Ulysses S. Grant.

       – He was the first to serve as head of the newly created Justice Department, as Attorney General.

1871 – He resigned because of the beginning of corruption that plagued Grant’s administration.

       – He returned to Georgia, where continued to practice law until his death.

1880 – He died on the 21st of December in Cartersville, Georgia, USA.