Amos Tappan Akerman

Amos Tappan Akerman[1]

Male 1821 - 1880  (59 years)

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  • Name Amos Tappan Akerman 
    Born 23 Feb 1821  Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1870  Elberton, Elbert, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  Cartersville, Bartow, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cemetery Oak Hill Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 1CC2688E3C09D511A5C1205002C10000982C 
    Died 21 Dec 1880  Cartersville, Bartow, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Cartersville, Bartow, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9092  Scudder
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2006 

    Family Martha Rebecca Galloway,   b. 8 May 1841, St. Marys, Camden, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1912, Athens, Clarke, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 5 May 1864  Athens, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID CFA0688E3C09D511A5C1205002C10000295E 
    Children 
     1. Benjamin Akerman,   b. May 1866, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Walter Akerman,   b. Mar 1868, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1951, Orange county, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
     3. Alexander Akerman,   b. 9 Oct 1869, Elberton, Elbert, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1948, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Dr. Joseph Akerman,   b. Aug 1872, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1943, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
     5. Charles Akerman,   b. 15 Jun 1874, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1937, Bibb county, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. Dr. Alfred Akerman,   b. 3 Jul 1876, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1962, Lawrenceville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     7. Clement Akerman,   b. Jun 1879, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F3496  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Amos attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1842, and was admitted to the bar. He moved to Elberton, Georgia, in 1850 to practice law. During the Civil War, Akerman served in the quartermaster's department of the Confederacy. Akerman was appointed District Attorney for Georgia in 1869.

      He was appointed attorney general of the United States by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1870. He was the first attorney general to head the newly formed Justice Department, where he established the first investigative agency within the department, later the FBI.

      During his term in that office, he fought to end the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan. Not everyone in the Grant administration shared Akerman's anti-Klan zeal, however, and some, such as Secretary of State Hamilton Fish, were actually put off by it. That, in addition to the criticism of powerful railroad interests, led Grant to ask for Akerman's resignation in December 1871. Earlier that year Akerman had moved his family from Elberton, where whites opposed his active support of black suffrage, to the milder racial climate of Cartersville, where he resumed practicing law.

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Genealogy of Early Settlers in Trenton and Ewing, "Old Hunterdon County," New Jersey, Eli F. Cooley; comp., (Trenton, N.J.: W.S. Sharp Printing Co., 1883; rpt.), p. 252.