United States Congressman & Senator from Georgia
(1798-1873) Born in Liberty County, Georgia, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1820. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and commenced practice in Clinton, Jones County, Ga. He served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, 1827-30. He was Judge of the Georgia Superior Court, 1835-37, and 1850-54. Served as a Georgia State Senator, 1843-44. Was a Democratic Presidential Elector in 1844. Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1847-49, and U.S. Senator, 1855-61. During his time in the U.S. Senate he served as the Chairman of the Committee on Claims. When his native state of Georgia passed the Ordinance of Secession, he resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate. At that time Iverson gave a very defiant farewell speech in which he stated that Southerners would never return to the Union, "short of a full and explicit recognition of the guarantee of the safety of their institution of domestic slavery." After leaving the senate, Iverson resumed the practice of law in Columbus, Ga. until 1868, when he bought a plantation in Macon, Ga., and was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death in 1873. His son was Alfred Iverson, Jr., a Confederate General during the War Between The States.
Signature: 6 x 1 3/8, in ink, Alfred Iverson.