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Charles J. Jenkins

For other people named Charles Jenkins, see Charles Jenkins (disambiguation).
Charles Jones Jenkins
44th Governor of Georgia
In office
December 14, 1865 – January 13, 1868
Preceded by James Johnson
Succeeded by Thomas H. Ruger
Personal details
Born (1805-01-06)January 6, 1805
Beaufort District, South Carolina, US
Died June 14, 1883(1883-06-14) (aged 78)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Union University
University of Georgia
Profession Lawyer, Politician

Charles Jones Jenkins (January 6, 1805 – June 14, 1883) was a politician from Georgia, US.

He was born in [1]

He first gained widespread attention as the author of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

After a state constitutional convention in 1865 re-established Georgia's state government, he ran as the only candidate for governor. He served as the Third Military District) installed Brig. General Thomas H. Ruger as military governor and Jenkins fled the state, though he later returned.[2]

In the 1872 U.S. presidential election, he received 2 electoral college votes. In that election, Liberal Republican candidate Horace Greeley died after the election but before the electors convened and so two electors from Georgia cast their votes for Jenkins.

He died on June 14, 1883. He was interred in Jenkins County, Georgia is named in his honor.


  1. ^ Jones, Charles Colcock; Dutcher, Salem (1890). Memorial History of Augusta, Georgia : from Its Settlement in 1735 to 1890. Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., Publishers. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  2. ^
  • , Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, ca. 1949, pp. 188-190History of the University of Georgia by Thomas Walter Reed

External links

  • Jenkins at Our Georgia History
  • Jenkins at The New Georgia Encyclopedia
  • Jenkins at Find A Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
James Johnson
Governor of Georgia
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Ruger
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