George Goldthwaite
George Goldthwaite.jpg
United States Senator
from Alabama
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 4, 1877
Preceded byWillard Warner
Succeeded byJohn T. Morgan
Personal details
Born(1810-12-10)December 10, 1810
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedMarch 18, 1879(1879-03-18) (aged 68)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsGeorge G. Siebels, Jr. (great-grandson)

Alfred Goldthwaite
Anne Goldthwaite (granddaughter)

Lucy Goldthwaite (granddaughter)

George Goldthwaite (December 10, 1809 – March 16, 1879) was an Alabama Supreme Court justice and U.S. senator for Alabama. He served in the Senate from March 4, 1871, to March 4, 1877, and did not run for reelection.

He was a native of Boston, Massachusetts. He succeeded William P. Chilton as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama in 1856. State legislators from Alabama wrote to the U.S. Senate in protest of his election stating he did not receive a majority of the votes from state legislators and was therefore not elected legitimately.[1] He was seated and remained in office.[2]

A great-grandson, George G. Siebels, Jr., was a 20th-century mayor of Birmingham and a member of the Alabama House of Representatives. Another descendant, Alfred Goldthwaite, was a state representative from Montgomery and a state chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

In 1853 he ruled that a freed woman in Ohio could be returned so soavery to satisfy the dents of her former owner but that her son could not.[3]


  1. ^ Congress, United States (August 1, 1871). "The Congressional Globe". Blair & Rives – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "U.S. Senate: The Election Case of George Goldthwaite of Alabama (1872)".
  3. ^ "The Alabama Supreme Court on Slaves".
U.S. Senate Preceded byWillard Warner U.S. senator (Class 2) from Alabama 1871–1877 Served alongside: George E. Spencer Succeeded byJohn T. Morgan Legal offices Preceded byWilliam P. Chilton Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama 1856 Succeeded bySamuel F. Rice