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Reese was born in Madison, Georgia in 1846. He attended the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens but left before graduating in his senior year of 1868. He studied law, gained admittance to the state bar in 1871 and began a law practice in Madison.
After moving to Augusta and then Sparta, Georgia, Reese was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in the State General Assembly and served in that role from 1872 through 1874. From 1877 to 1880, Reese was the solicitor general of Georgia's northern judicial circuit. In 1882, he successfully ran as a Democrat to fill Alexander Stephens' vacated seat for Georgia in the United States House of Representatives during the 47th United States Congress. He was reelected to the 48th and 49th Congresses and served from December 4, 1882, until March 3, 1887.
After his congressional service, Reese served from 1893 to 1900 as judge of the northern judicial circuit. He died in Sparta on March 1, 1907, and was buried in that city's Methodist Church Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Seaborn Reese (id: R000136)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th congressional district
December 4, 1882 – March 3, 1887
Henry Hull Carlton
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