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Robert Jemison, Jr
Birth: Sep. 17, 1802
Lincoln County
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 17, 1871
Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa County
Alabama, USA

Robert Jemison, Jr. (1802 -71) was major bridge builder, owner of flour and saw mills, toll roads, a foundry, surface coal mines, a stage line, six plantations, and more than five hundred slaves.

Senator Jemison served the state of Alabama well in many capacities and for many years. A practical and pragmatic man, he trained many of his slaves with marketable skills learned on his plantations and in his mills and factories. In January 1861 he argued forcefully against seceding from the Union at the Secession Convention in Montgomery. However, when the vote went against him, he responded to his duty to his state, ultimately serving in the Confederated Senate.

One of the leadership hallmarks of Jemison's tenure as a State Senator in Alabama, was as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. During this time he led the state out of a finanical crisis in 1847.

Jemison was a major advocate for the construction of a hospital for the humane treatment of the state's mentally ill. Largely through his efforts Tuscaloosa was selected as the site for the Bryce Hospital.

Jemison spared no expense to build the Italianate style mansion for his family, once home of The Friedman Library, but now on the National Register of Historic Place and known as The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, located on the corner of Greensboro Avenue and 13th Street in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Jemison (1778 - 1829)
  Sarah Mims Jemison (1784 - 1826)
 
 Spouse:
  Priscilla Cherokee Taylor Jemison (1812 - 1886)*
 
 Children:
  Cherokee Mims Jemison Hargrove (1838 - 1903)*
 
 Siblings:
  Robert Jemison (1802 - 1871)
  Elizabeth Jemison Jones (1806 - 1859)*
  Margaret Jemison Walker (1808 - 1845)*
  John Steel Jemison (1812 - 1843)*
  Mary Mariah Jemison Arrington (1817 - 1863)*
  William Henry Jemison (1820 - 1892)*
  Joseph Marshall Jemison (1824 - 1888)*
  Caroline Helen Jemison Plane (1829 - 1925)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Jemison Family Cemetery
Northport
Tuscaloosa County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: sherrien59
Originally Created by: Jones
Record added: Jul 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54384893
Robert Jemison, Jr
Added by: Chuck Gerdau
 
Robert Jemison, Jr
Added by: Chuck Gerdau
 
 
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I know you only by a faded letter written by my GG grandmother to her husband during the Civil War. She makes mention of Uncle Robert and many more family members. May you rest in peace and know there are still those that think of you.
- Rebecca Huckabee Renfro
 Added: May. 14, 2012
Requiescat in pace, Robert.
- Sherri Briggs Therrien
 Added: Aug. 9, 2011

- Jones
 Added: Aug. 9, 2011
 
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