George William Booker’s political career, which included a term in Congress (1869–1871), provides an example of the shifting political alliances during and after the(1861–1865). A strong during the , he voted for the to avoid reprisals from his neighbors. A post as justice of the peace kept him from military service during the Civil War. Booker won election to the House of Delegates in 1865 representing Henry County and aligned himself with former Whig John Minor Botts during the formation of Virginia’s . The Republicans nominated him for in 1868, but elections were postponed. The next year he won a seat in the as a True Republican, an alliance between moderate members of his party and -aligned in opposition to the Radical Republicans. He moderated his earlier anti-secession views and advocated an amnesty for former Confederates. Declining a run for a second term, he returned to the House of Delegates where he became one of the Conservative Party’s floor leaders. He died near Martinsville in 1884.