Robert Toombs Edit

Robert Augustus Toombs (July 2, 1810 – December 15, 1885) was an American politician who was a


founding father of the Confederacy and its first Secretary of State. A lawyer by training, he proved an impressive speaker in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later in the Senate. Believing strongly in states’ rights, he found common ground with fellow-Georgian Alexander H. Stephens. He had supported the Compromise of 1850, but came round to advocating secession. In the newly formed Confederate Government, Toombs was appointed Secretary of State, but criticized the attack on Fort Sumter, which put him at odds with President Jefferson Davis, and he quit to join the Confederate States Army. He became a Brigadier-General, and was wounded at the Battle of Antietam. In 1863, Toombs resigned his commission in the Confederate Army to join the Georgia militia. He was subsequently denied higher promotion and resigned, continuing to feud with Davis to the last. When the war ended, he ran for senate but lost to Homer V.M. Miller. He later went on to serve as a C.S. representative for Georgia's 8th district until his retirement in 1880.

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