George Baird Hodge
Submitted by Geoff Walden
George Baird Hodge was born 8 April 1828 in Fleming County Ky. and married Keturah Tibbatts, daughter of John Wolleston Tibbatts and Ann W Taylor in Campbell County, August 20, 1851. He was a Candidate for the U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 10th District in 1853; member of Kentucky state legislature, 1859; He was a delegate to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62 and Representative in the Confederate Congress 1862-1864. He served as a Brigadier General for the Confederate States of America.
He was a member of the Kentucky State Senate 1873-77. He died 1 August 1892 in Longwood Orange Co. Florida and was originally buried in Seminole County. He was re-interred in 1903 in Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.
From the Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, published by the John M Gresman Company, Chicago-Philadelphia 1896
GENERAL GEORGE BAIRD HODGE was born in Fleming County, April 8, 1828 and was educated at Maysville and in the Navy School at Annapolis, Maryland. He was midshipman in the United States navy in 1845; served as midshipman through the Mexican war; resigned in April 1850; in 1853 at the age of twenty-five, he was the Whig candidate for Congress; made a brilliant but unsuccessful campaign; then began the practice of law in Newport; was a member of the Kentucky house of representatives from 1859 to 1861 and was chairman of the committee on federal relations, when the celebrated resolution declaring the neutrality of Kentucky was passed, May 16, 1861; was candidate in 1860 for elector at large on the Breckinridge and Lane ticket; entered the Confederate army as a private soldier, September 23, 1861; was a member of the provisional government of Kentucky in 1861; member from Kentucky of the Confederate provisional congress 1862; and when not attending the sessions of congress continued to serve in the army; was made captain and assistant adjutant general of Gen Breckinridge's division 1862; promoted to major for distinguished gallantry at the battle of Shiloh, April 1862; was made colonel 1864 and brigadier general of cavalry the same year and was in command of the military district of Mississippi and Louisiana at the close of the war 1865.
Gen Hodge resumed the practice of law in Newport in 1866; was candidate for presidential elector at large on the Greeley and Brown ticket in 1872 and received the highest vote cast and was president of the electoral college which met in Frankfort, December 4, 1872. He was an able lawyer, a shrewd politician, a beautiful and forceful writer, a ready, eloquent speaker and was prominently mentioned as a candidate for governor in 1874, but at that time he removed to Longwood, Orange County, Florida and made that his home until the time of his death in 1892.