John W. Maddox

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John W. Maddox
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byRobert W. Everett
Succeeded byGordon Lee
Personal details
Born(1848-06-03)June 3, 1848
Gore, Georgia, U.S.
DiedSeptember 27, 1922(1922-09-27) (aged 74)
Rome, Georgia, U.S.
Resting placeMyrtle Hill Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic

John Wilson Maddox (June 3, 1848 – September 27, 1922) was a U.S. Representative from Georgia.

Born on a farm near Gore, Georgia, Maddox attended modest schools. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederate States Army in Company E, Sixth Georgia Cavalry, in 1863 and served until the end of the war. He attended school in Summerville and Bethel Church, and engaged in agricultural pursuits and in railroad construction work in 1871. He was Deputy sheriff of Chattooga County, Georgia.

He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in Summerville, Georgia. He served as mayor of Summerville in 1877, County commissioner 1878–1880, member of the State House of Representatives 1880–1884 and in the State Senate 1884–1886.

Maddox was elected judge of the superior court, Rome circuit, in 1886, and was reelected in 1890, resigning the office September 1, 1892. He moved to Rome, Georgia, in 1890.

Maddox was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1905). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1904, and resumed the practice of law. He served as mayor of Rome in 1906 and 1907. He was appointed judge of the Superior Court of Georgia in 1908.

Maddox was elected in 1910 and served until his resignation on February 1, 1912, having become president of the State Mutual Life Insurance Co. He died in Rome, Georgia on September 27, 1922 and was interred in Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

His grandson of the same name, known as John W. Maddox Sr., is the namesake of the John Maddox Track at Barron Stadium in Rome, Georgia.[1]


  • United States Congress. "John W. Maddox (id: M000040)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert W. Everett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1905
Succeeded by
Gordon Lee