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Amos T. Akerman

Born: Feb 23, 1821

Death: Dec 21, 1880

Birthplace: Portsmouth

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Amos T. Akerman

Date of Birth : Feb 23, 1821
Date of Death : Dec 21, 1880
Birth Place : Portsmouth

Amos Tappan Akerman served as United States Attorney General under President Ulysses S. Grant from 1870 to 1871. A native of New Hampshire, Akerman graduated from Dartmouth College in 1842. Upon graduation Akerman worked with young boys as Headmaster in North Carolina and as a tutor in Georgia. Having become interested in law Akerman studied and passed the bar in Georgia in 1850; where he and an associate practiced law. In a dual role as an attorney and a farmer making a living; Akerman owned eleven slaves. When the Civil War started in 1861, Akerman joined the Confederate Army and achieved the rank of Colonel. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Akerman joined the Republican Party during Reconstruction and became an outspoken attorney advocate for African American civil rights in Georgia. Akerman, upon President Grant's appointment as his U.S. Attorney General, vigorously prosecuted the Klan in the South under the Enforcement Acts. Akerman was assisted by Sol. Gen. Benjamin Bristow in the newly established Department of Justice. Att. Gen. Akerman decided important land grant cases that concerned railroads in a rapidly expanding West.

Profession


  • Lawyer
  • Politician

Also known as


  • Amos Akerman

Spouse


  • Martha Galloway

Children


  • Alexander Akerman
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