Former Congressman Dawson Mathis Dies
Former Congressman Dawson Mathis dies
NASHVILLE — Former U.S. Rep. Dawson Mathis has died. He was 76.
Mathis, who died Monday, served as U.S. representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Georgia from 1971-81, succeeding U.S. Rep. Maston O’Neal Jr., D-Bainbridge, who decided not to run for re-election in 1970.
Mathis left that House seat to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1980, and then attempted in 1982 to return to his House post by challenging his successor, U.S. Rep. Charles Hatcher, D-Newton.
That seat is now held by U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, who defeated Hatcher in 1992. On Tuesday, Bishop released …