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George Alfred Trenholm
George Trenholm

In office
July 18, 1864 – April 27, 1865
Preceded by Christopher Memminger
Succeeded by John Henninger Reagan

Born February 25, 1807(1807-02-25)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Died December 9, 1876 (aged 69)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician

George Alfred Trenholm (February 25, 1807 – December 9, 1876) was a prominent politician in the Confederate States of America.


George Alfred Trenholm was born in Charleston, South Carolina. At the age of sixteen he left school and went to work for a major cotton broker, John Fraser & Co. in Charleston. By 1853 he was head of the company. When the Civil War broke out, John Fraser & Co. became the Confederate government's overseas banker and financed its own fleet of blockade runners. One of these may have been the SS Georgiana, sunk in naval action near Charleston, SC in March 1863. Trenholm was appointed Confederate Secretary of the Treasury on July 18, 1864. He fled Richmond with the rest of the government in April, 1865. Due to illness he resigned on April 27, 1865. He was later briefly imprisoned at Fort Pulaski near Savannah, Georgia.[1]


  1. Allen, Felicity (1999), Jefferson Davis, Unconquerable Heart (illustrated ed.), University of Missouri, p. 6, ISBN 0826212190,, retrieved 2009-03-03 .


  • Treasures of the Confederate Coast: The "Real Rhett Butler" & Other Revelations - E. Lee Spence ISBN 1886391017
  • The Secret Service of the Confederate States in Europe - James D Bulloch ISBN 0679-64022-3
  • George Alfred Trenholm and the Company That Went to War - pub 1973- Ethel S Nepveux
  • George A Trenholm Financial Genius of the Confederacy - pub 1999 - Ethel S Nepveux ISBN 0-9668843-1-0

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Christopher Memminger |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Confederate States Secretary of the Treasury
1864–1865 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
John Henninger Reagan |- |}

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