The Gold Mine in the Closet: William Starr Basinger & the Georgia General Assembly’s Biographical Sketch

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GEORGIA’S

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

OF 1880-1.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

OF

SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES, THE GOVERNOR, AND HEADS

OF DEPARTMENTS.

ILLUSTRATED WITH PORTRAITS.

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COPYRIGHTED BY JAS. P. HARRISON & CO.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA

JAS. P. HARRISON & CO., PRINTERS, ELECTROTYPERS, & BINDERS

1882

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1882, by

JAMES P. HARRISON & CO.,

In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

 

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HON. W. S. BASINGER.

(CHATHAM COUNTY.)

We have been unable to secure the necessary data for a bio-

graphical sketch of this distinguished gentleman, and conse-

quently can give only a brief glance at some of the more

recent events in his public life.

For several years previous to his election to the present General

Assembly, he was a member of the eminent law firm of Jackson, Law-

ton & Basinger, his partners being General Henry R. Jackson and

General Alexander R. Lawton, gentlemen who have won the highest

honors as military commanders and legal advisers.  No law fim in

the State had a more substantial reputation.

Colonel Basinger therefore came to the Legislature with a standing

in legal circles that placed him at once in the front rank of the ablest

members of the House, and secured to him positions on the most

important committees.

Speaker Bacon knowing well his capacity and fitness for the several

duties assigned him, placed Colonel Basinger at the head of the Com-

mittee on Banks, an right well has he discharged the delicate trusts

connected with this chairmanship.

As Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, and as a

member of the General Judiciary Committee, and the Committee on

Corporations, he has likewise displayed his thorough knowledge of all

legal questions, of military organization and discipline, and of the laws

governing corporations.  No committeeman has done better or more

conscientious work than he.

Colonel Basinger is a quiet, unostentatious member, and seldom speaks

on any question; if he does address the House, it is where he has

something to say that is worth listening to, and which is always pre-

sented in a dignified, pointed and practical manner.  He wastes no

words, resorts to no tricks of oratory, yet never fails to hold the close

attention of the House to the close of his brief but comprehensive

speeches.

In January, 1861, by order of Colonel A. R. Lawton, of the First

Georgia Regiment, under instructions from Governor Joseph E. Brown,

the Oglethorpe Barracks, in Savannah, were taken possession of by

Colonel Basinger then a company officer for the State of Georgia,

thus making him one of the earliest actors in the opening scenes of

the “War between the States.”

 


 

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And Colonel A. R. Lawton?  That’s Corinne Elliott Lawton’s father.

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