George Booker

George William Booker (December 5, 1821 June 4, 1883) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer, teacher, judge and justice of the peace from Virginia.[1]

George William Booker
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Henry County
In office
Preceded byChristopher Thomas
Succeeded byWilliam Morris
In office
Preceded bySamuel Mullens
Succeeded byChristopher Thomas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
January 26, 1870 March 3, 1871
Preceded byRoger A. Pryor
Succeeded byWilliam H.H. Stowell
Personal details
Born(1821-12-05)December 5, 1821
Stuart, Virginia
DiedJune 4, 1883(1883-06-04) (aged 61)
Martinsville, Virginia
Resting placeMartinsville, Virginia
Political partyRepublican, Conservative
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Judge, Teacher, Justice of the Peace


Born near Stuart, Virginia, Booker attended common schools as a child, taught school, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1846, commencing practice in Patrick County, Virginia. He was elected a justice of the peace in Henry County, Virginia and was a member and presiding judge of the county court from 1856 to 1868. Booker was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1866 to 1867 and was elected Attorney General of Virginia in 1868, serving until 1869.[2] He was elected a Conservative to the United States House of Representatives in 1869, serving from 1870 to 1871 and afterwards resumed practicing law in Martinsville, Virginia. Booker died in Martinsville on June 4, 1883 and was interred there in the family cemetery.


  1. Tarter, Brett. "George William Booker (1821–1884)". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  2. Although the Congressional Biography lists Booker as having been elected Attorney General of Virginia, he is not recorded as having served by the Hornbook of Virginia History or the Virginia Elections and State Elected Officials Database Project.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Roger A. Pryor(1)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

January 26, 1870 March 3, 1871
Succeeded by
William H. H. Stowell
Notes and references
1. Because of Virginia's secession, the House seat was vacant for almost eleven years before Booker succeeded Pryor.
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