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List of United States Senators from Georgia

This is a chronological listing of the United States Senators from Georgia.

Georgia has had Senators since the 1st Congress. Its Senate seats were declared vacant in March 1861 owing to its secession from the Union. They were again filled from February 1871.

United States Senators are popularly elected, for a six-year term, beginning January 3. Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. Before 1914, they were chosen by the Georgia General Assembly, and before 1935, their terms began March 4.

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for the first two U.S. Congresses in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014.

# Senator Party Years Congress term. Electoral history
1 100px William Few Anti-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
1 1 Elected in 1789.

Lost re-election.
2
2 100px James Jackson Anti-
Administration
March 4, 1793 –
November 16, 1795
3 2 Elected in 1793

Resigned to run for the Georgia legislature.
4
3 100px George Walton Federalist November 16, 1795 –
February 20, 1796
4 Appointed to continue Jackson's term.

Retired when successor elected.
4 Josiah Tattnall Democratic-
Republican
February 20, 1796 –
March 3, 1799
4 Elected to finish Jackson's term.
5
5 100px Abraham Baldwin Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1799 –
March 4, 1807
6 3 Elected in 1799.
7
8
9 4 Re-elected in 1805.

Died.
Vacant March 4, 1807 –
August 27, 1807
10
6 100px George Jones Democratic-
Republican
August 27, 1807 –
November 7, 1807
10 Appointed to continue Baldwin's term.

Retired when successor elected.
7 100px William H. Crawford Democratic-
Republican
November 7, 1807 –
March 23, 1813
10 Elected to finish Baldwin's term.
11
12 5 Re-elected in 1811

Resigned to become U.S. Minister to France.
13
Vacant March 23, 1813 –
April 8, 1813
13
8 William Bellinger Bulloch Democratic-
Republican
April 8, 1813 –
November 6, 1813
13 Appointed to continue Crawford's term.

Retired when successor elected.
9 100px William Wyatt Bibb Democratic-
Republican
November 6, 1813 –
November 9, 1816
13 Elected to finish Crawford's term.
Resigned.
14
Vacant November 9, 1816 –
November 13, 1816
14
10 100px George M. Troup Democratic-
Republican
November 13, 1816 –
September 23, 1818
14 Elected to finish Bibb's term as well as to the next term.
15 6 Elected to full term in 1816.

Resigned.
11 100px John Forsyth Democratic-
Republican
September 23, 1818 –
February 17, 1819
15 Elected to finish Troup's term.

Resigned to become U.S. Minister to Spain.
Vacant February 17, 1819 –
November 6, 1819
15
16
12 100px Freeman Walker Democratic-
Republican
November 6, 1819 –
August 6, 1821
16 Elected to finish Forsyth's term.

Resigned.
17
Vacant August 6, 1821 –
November 10, 1821
17
13 100px Nicholas Ware Democratic-
Republican
November 10, 1821 –
September 7, 1824
17 Elected to finish Walker's term.
Crawford
Democratic-
Republican
18 7 Re-elected in 1823.

Died.
Vacant September 7, 1824 –
December 6, 1824
18
14 Thomas W. Cobb Jacksonian
Democratic-
Republican
December 6, 1824 –
November 7, 1828
18 Elected to finish Ware's term.

Resigned.
Jacksonian 19
20
15 100px Oliver H. Prince Jacksonian November 7, 1828 –
March 3, 1829
20 Elected to finish Cobb's term.
16 100px George Troup Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
November 8, 1833
21 8 Elected in 1828.

Resigned.
22
23
Vacant November 8, 1833 –
November 21, 1833
23
17 100px John Pendleton King Jacksonian November 21, 1833 –
November 1, 1837
23 Elected to finish Troup's term.
24 9 Re-elected in 1834.

Resigned.
Democratic 25
Vacant November 1, 1837 –
November 22, 1837
25
18 100px Wilson Lumpkin Democratic November 22, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
25 Elected to finish King's term.
26
19 100px John M. Berrien Whig March 4, 1841 –
May 1845
27 10 Elected in 1840.

Resigned to become judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
28
Vacant May 1845 –
November 13, 1845
29
100px John M. Berrien Whig November 13, 1845 –
May 28, 1852
29 Elected to finish his term.

Resigned.
30 11 Re-elected in 1846.

Resigned.
31
32
Vacant May 28, 1852 –
May 31, 1852
32
20 100px Robert M. Charlton Democratic May 31, 1852 –
March 3, 1853
32 Appointed to finish Berrien's term.
21 100px Robert Toombs Democratic March 4, 1853 –
February 4, 1861
33 12 Elected in 1852.
34
35
36 13 Re-elected in 1858.

Withdrew.
Vacant February 4, 1861 –
February 24, 1871
36 Civil War and Reconstruction
37
38
39 14
40
41
22 100px Homer V.M. Miller Democratic February 24, 1871 –
March 3, 1871
41 Elected to finish term.
Vacant March 4, 1871 –
November 14, 1871
42 15 Foster Blodgett presented credentials as Senator-elect,
but the Senate declared him not elected
23 100px Thomas M. Norwood Democratic November 14, 1871 –
March 3, 1877
42 Elected after Blodgett's credentials were rejected
43
44
24 100px Benjamin Harvey Hill Democratic March 4, 1877 –
August 16, 1882
45 16 Elected in 1877.

Died.
46
47
Vacant August 16, 1882 –
November 15, 1882
47
25 100px Middleton P. Barrow Democratic November 15, 1882 –
March 3, 1883
47 Elected to finish Hill's term.

Retired.
26 100px Alfred H. Colquitt Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 26, 1894
48 17 Elected in 1883.
49
50
51 18 Re-elected in 1889

Died.
52
53
Vacant March 26, 1894 –
April 2, 1894
53
27 100px Patrick Walsh Democratic April 2, 1894 –
March 3, 1895
53 Appointed to continue Colquitt's term.

Elected to finish Colquitt's term.

Lost renomination.
28 100px Augustus Octavius Bacon Democratic March 4, 1895 –
February 14, 1914
54 19 Elected in 1894.
55
56
57 20 Re-elected in 1900.
58
59
60 21 Re-elected in 1906.
61
62
63 22 Re-elected in 1912.

Died.
Vacant February 14, 1914 –
March 2, 1914
63
29 100px William S. West Democratic March 2, 1914 –
November 3, 1914
63 Appointed to continue Bacon's seat

Successor elected.
30 100px Thomas W. Hardwick Democratic November 4, 1914 –
March 3, 1919
63 Elected to finish Bacon's term.

Lost renomoination.
64
65
31 100px William J. Harris Democratic March 4, 1919 –
April 18, 1932
66 23 Elected in 1918.
67
68
69 24 Re-elected in 1924.
70
71
72 25 Re-elected in 1930.

Died.
Vacant April 18, 1932 –
April 25, 1932
72
32 100px John S. Cohen Democratic April 25, 1932 –
January 11, 1933
72 Appointed to continue Harris's term.

Successor elected.
33 100px Richard Russell, Jr. Democratic January 12, 1933 –
January 21, 1971
72 Elected to finish Harris's term.
73
74
75 26 Re-elected in 1936.
76
77
78 27 Re-elected in 1942.
79
80
81 28 Re-elected in 1948.
82
83
84 29 Re-elected in 1954.
85
86
87 30 Re-elected in 1960.
88
89
90 31 Re-elected in 1966.

Died.
91
92
Vacant January 21, 1971 –
February 1, 1971
92
34 100px David H. Gambrell Democratic February 1, 1971 –
November 7, 1972
92 Appointed to continue Russell's term.

Lost election to finish Russell's term.
35 100px Sam Nunn Democratic November 8, 1972 –
January 3, 1997
92 Elected to finish Russell's term.
93 32 Re-elected in 1972.
94
95
96 33 Re-elected in 1978.
97
98
99 34 Re-elected in 1984.
100
101
102 35 Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
103
104
36 100px Max Cleland Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
105 36 Elected in 1996.

Lost re-election.
106
107
37 100px Saxby Chambliss Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2015
108 37 Elected in 2002.
109
110
111 38 Re-elected in 2008.

Retired.
112
113
38 100px David Perdue Republican January 3, 2015 –
114 39 Elected in 2014.
115
116
# Senator Party Years Congress term. Electoral history

Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for the first three U.S. Congresses in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016.

# Senator Party Years Congress term. Electoral history
1 James Gunn Anti-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1801
1 1 Elected in 1789.
2
3
Federalist 4 2 Re-elected in 1795.
5
6
2 100px James Jackson Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1801 –
March 19, 1806
7 3 Elected in 1801.

Died.
8
9
Vacant March 19, 1806 –
June 19, 1806
9
3 100px John Milledge Democratic-
Republican
June 19, 1806 –
November 14, 1809
9 Elected to finish Jackson's term.
10 4 Re-elected in 1807.

Resigned.
11
Vacant November 14, 1809 –
November 27, 1809
11
4 100px Charles Tait Democratic-
Republican
November 27, 1809 –
March 3, 1819
11 Elected to finish Milledge's term.
12
13 5 Re-elected in 1813.
14
15
5 100px John Elliott Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1825
16 6 Elected in 1819.
17
Crawford
Democratic-
Republican
18
6 100px John M. Berrien Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 9, 1829
19 7 Elected in 1825.

Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General.
20
21
Vacant March 9, 1829 –
November 9, 1829
21
7 100px John Forsyth Jacksonian November 9, 1829 –
June 27, 1834
21 Elected to finish Berrien's term.
22 8 Re-elected in 1831.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of State.
23
Vacant June 27, 1834 –
January 12, 1835
23
8 Alfred Cuthbert Jacksonian January 12, 1835 –
March 3, 1843
23 Elected to finish Forsyth's term.
24
Democratic 25 9 Re-elected in 1837.

Retired.
26
27
9 100px Walter T. Colquitt Democratic March 4, 1843 –
February 4, 1848
28 10 Elected in 1843.

Resigned.
29
30
10 100px Herschel Vespasian Johnson Democratic February 4, 1848 –
March 3, 1849
30 Appointed to finish Colquitt's term.

Retired.
11 100px William Crosby Dawson Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1855
31 11 Elected in 1849.
32
33
12 100px Alfred Iverson, Sr. Democratic March 4, 1855 –
January 28, 1861
34 12 Elected in 1855.

Withdrew.
35
36
Vacant January 28, 1861 –
February 1, 1871
36 Civil War and Reconstruction
37 13
38
39
40 14
41
13 100px Joshua Hill Republican February 1, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
41 Elected in 1867 to finish the term, but not seated until Georgia's readmission.

Retired.
42
14 100px John Brown Gordon Democratic March 4, 1873 –
May 26, 1880
43 15 Elected in 1873.
44
45
46 16 Re-elected in 1879.

Resigned to promote a venture for the Georgia-Pacific Railroad.
15 100px Joseph E. Brown Democratic May 26, 1880 –
March 3, 1891
46 Elected to finish Gordon's term.
47
48
49 17 Re-elected in 1885.

Retired due to illness.
50
51
16 100px John Brown Gordon Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
52 18 Elected in 1891.

Retired.
53
54
17 100px Alexander S. Clay Democratic March 4, 1897 –
November 13, 1910
55 19 Elected in 1896.
56
57
58 20 Re-elected in 1902.
59
60
61 21 Re-elected in 1908.

Died.
Vacant November 13, 1910 –
November 17, 1910
61
18 100px Joseph M. Terrell Democratic November 17, 1910 –
July 14, 1911
61 Appointed to finish Clay's term.

Resigned due to illness.
62
Vacant July 14, 1911 –
November 16, 1911
62
19 100px M. Hoke Smith Democratic November 16, 1911 –
March 3, 1921
62 Elected to finish Terrell's term.
63
64 22 Re-elected in 1914.

Lost renomination.
65
66
20 100px Thomas E. Watson Democratic March 4, 1921 –
September 26, 1922
67 23 Elected in 1920.

Died.
Vacant September 26, 1922 –
November 21, 1922
67
21 100px Rebecca Latimer Felton Democratic November 21, 1922 –
November 22, 1922
67 Appointed to continue Watson's term.

Retired.
22 100px Walter F. George Democratic November 22, 1922 –
January 2, 1957
67 Elected to finish Watson's term.
68
69
70 24 Re-elected in 1926.
71
72
73 25 Re-elected in 1932.
74
75
76 26 Re-elected in 1938.
77
78
79 27 Re-elected in 1944.
80
81
82 28 Re-elected in 1950.

Retired.
83
84
23 100px Herman E. Talmadge Democratic January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1981
85 29 Elected in 1956.
86
87
88 30 Re-elected in 1962.
89
90
91 31 Re-elected in 1968.
92
93
94 32 Re-elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
95
96
24 100px Mack Mattingly Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
97 33 Elected in 1980.

Lost re-election.
98
99
25 100px Wyche Fowler Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
100 34 Elected in 1986.

Lost re-election.
101
102
26 100px Paul Coverdell Republican January 3, 1993 –
July 18, 2000
103 35 Elected in 1992.
104
105
106 36 Re-elected in 1998.

Died.
Vacant July 18, 2000 –
July 27, 2000
106
27 100px Zell Miller Democratic July 27, 2000 –
January 3, 2005
106 Appointed to continue Coverdell's term.

Elected in 2000 to finish Coverdell's term.

Retired.
107
108
28 100px Johnny Isakson Republican January 3, 2005 –
Present
109 37 Elected in 2004.
110
111
112 38 Re-elected in 2010.
113
114
# Senator Party Years Congress term. Electoral history

Living former U.S. Senators from Georgia

As of April 2015, there are seven former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of Georgia who are living, four from Class 2 and three from Class 3.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
David H. Gambrell 1971–1972 2 (1929-12-20) December 20, 1929 (age 86)
Sam Nunn 1972–1997 2 (1938-09-08) September 8, 1938 (age 77)
Mack Mattingly 1981–1987 3 (1931-01-07) January 7, 1931 (age 85)
Wyche Fowler 1987–1993 3 (1940-10-06) October 6, 1940 (age 75)
Max Cleland 1997–2003 2 (1942-08-24) August 24, 1942 (age 73)
Zell Miller 2000–2005 3 (1932-02-24) February 24, 1932 (age 83)
Saxby Chambliss 2003–2015 2 (1943-11-10) November 10, 1943 (age 72)

See also