Notes for AMOS TAPPAN ACKERMAN:
Son of ? and ?.
Born: February 23, 1821 in Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
Died: December 21, 1880 in Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.
Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.
July 27, 1860 - Elberton P.O. Elbert, Georgia (Living with McKinsie Sorron family).
August 22, 1870 - Elberton P.O. Elbert, Georgia .
June 5, 1880 - Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.
July 27, 1860 - Attorney.
August 22, 1870 - Attorney.
1870-1872 - 31st US Attorney General (Under Ulysses S Grant).
Married: Martha Rebecca Galloway May 5, 1864 in Athens, Clarke County, Georgia.
Amos Tappan Akerman was born in New Hampshire on February 23, 1821. He 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. President Grant appointed him Attorney General of the United States on June 23, 1870, and he held that office until 1872. He died in Cartersville, Georgia, on December 21, 1880.
Akerman opposed secession, but joined the GA State Guard in 1863, appointed Federal District Attorney for Georgia and later served as US Attorney General in President Grant's cabinet. Akerman was the first attorney general to serve as head of the Justice Department, where he established the first investigative agency within the department, later the FBI. A fierce civil rights advocate, Akerman won over half of the civil rights cases he prosecuted during his distinguished career.
Amos Tappan Akerman was born in 1821 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1842, and worked as a teacher in North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, and Georgia. He then studied the law and opened a firm in Georgia where he practiced until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1860. Though he opposed secession, Akerman joined the Confederate Army and saw action in several battles. He ultimately changed his views and began to oppose slavery. Akerman was a member to Georgia's 1868 state constitutional convention and began serving as U.S. district attorney for Georgia in 1869. One year later, President Ulysses S. Grant tapped Akerman to become his second attorney general, following the resignation of Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar. During Akerman's tenure, he dealt with the Credit Mobilier scandal, railroad magnates, and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). It was his open and active opposition to the KKK that led advisors to pressure President Grant into asking for Akerman's resignation. Akerman, though angry, complied with Grant's request and resigned on 1872, never to hold public office again. Amos Tappan Akerman returned to Georgia, where he practiced law until his death in 1880.