Robert Toombs, an American politician, born in Washington, Wilkes co., Ga., July 2, 1810. He graduated at Union college, Schenectady, in 1828, studied law at the university of Virginia, and commenced practice in his native place. In 1836 he served under Gen. Scott as captain of volunteers in the Creek war. In 1837 he was elected to the state legislature, and with the exception of 1841 continued a member till 1845. He was a member of congress from 1845 to 1853, when he was elected a member of the United States senate, and was reelected for the term ending March 4, 1865. He was a prominent member of the extreme southern party, and after the election of President Lincoln was one of the most active in persuading Georgia to secede. The state of Georgia having passed its secession ordinance on Jan. 19, 1861, Mr. Toombs withdrew from the senate on the 23d, and on March 14 he was expelled. He was a member of the confederate congress which met at Montgomery, Ala., was subsequently for a short time secretary of state of the Confederate States, and also served as a brigadier general in the confederate army.