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William Gordon Brantley (September 18, 1860 – September 11, 1934) was an American politician and lawyer.

William Gordon Brantley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byHenry G. Turner
Succeeded byJohn Randall Walker
Member of the Georgia Senate
In office
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1860-09-18)September 18, 1860
Blackshear, Georgia
DiedSeptember 11, 1934(1934-09-11) (aged 73)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Georgia

Brantley was born in Blackshear, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, gained admission to the state bar in 1881, and began practicing law in Blackshear.

Brantley was elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives in 1884 and 1885 and the Georgia Senate in 1886 and 1887. In 1888, he became solicitor general of the Brunswick, Georgia Circuit Court. In 1896, Brantley successfully ran for the United States House of Representatives and was re-elected seven more terms until deciding not to run for re-election in 1912. Brantley served as a delegate the Democratic National Convention in that year.

After his congressional service, Brantley remained in Washington, D.C. to practice law. He died in that city in 1934 and was buried in Blackshear Cemetery in the town of his birth.

Congressman Brantley is the namesake to Brantley County, Georgia.[1]


  1. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 24. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry G. Turner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 11th congressional district

March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1913
Succeeded by
John Randall Walker