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Charles Carter Langdon
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Birth: Aug. 5, 1805
Southington
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jun. 8, 1889
Mobile
Mobile County
Alabama, USA

Editor, mayor of Mobile, member of Alabama legislature and constitutional conventions, 1865 and 1875, Secretary of State, Trustee of Auburn University.

Born in Southington, Connecticut, the son of Capt. Giles Langdon and Sarah Carter Langdon.
He moved to Marion, Alabama in 1826-27 with his brothers Levi Langdon and Giles Nelson Langdon.


His father was a soldier in the American Revolution, farmer and member of the Connecticut legislature; grandson of Giles and Ruth (Andrews) Langdon, of Southington; great-grandson of Joseph and Rachel (Cowles) Langdon, the latter a daughter of Samuel Cowles of Farmington, Conn.; great-great-grandson of Joseph and Susannah (Root) Langdon, the former a son of George Langdon who immigrated from England about 1646, settling first at Springfield, Mass., and dying at Northampton in 1678. Mr. Langdon was reared on his father's farm and educated in the common schools and the Episcopal academy at Cheshire, Conn., his poor eyesight preventing his further education.

He taught in Connecticut district school from his sixteenth to his twentieth year, but abandoned this work to accompany his elder brother, Levi, to Marion, Perry County, [Alabama,] where Levi had established a dry goods store at that place in 1825; candidate for Alabama legislature in 1832 and 1833, defeated both times; moved to Mobile, 1834, where he engaged in the cotton commission business with Martin A. Lee; again defeated for the State legislature in 1838 on the Whig platform; appointed editor, Mobile Daily Advertiser, 1838; mayor of Mobile, 1849; annually re-elected with exception of one year, until 1855; defeated for Congress in 1851; represented Mobile in legislature, 1855-6, and 1862; member, constitutional conventions of 1865 and 1875; elected to legislature, 1881-82-83; unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1872 and again in 1878; appointed Secretary of State, 1885, appointment confirmed by election 1886. He was an earnest Whig and strong Union man but from the secession of Alabama he loyally supported his state and county. He was ever greatly interested in agriculture and was a trustee of the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Auburn.


Married (first) August 6, 1829, at Southington, Conn., to Eliza, daughter of Roswell Moore. Children: 1. Sarah L.; 2. Leontine L.; 3. Henry Clay; 4. a son, died in infancy; 5. Charles Carter, jr., died from illness resulting from exposure during the War of Secession having fought with the Confederacy four years. Last residence: Mobile.

ref.: Owen, Thomas McAdory, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography.

In the 1870s he became the agricultural editor of the Mobile Register "and promotes scientific approaches to that enterprise."

C.C. Langdon owned a famous ornamental nursery at Langdon's Station near Citronelle. It was called the largest nursery in the state by 1858. Some of his catalogs from 1858 to 1874 are used in preserving as well as recreating historic Southern gardens.

The Langdon Lookout Tower is located at Citronelle at N31.04796 W88.22139 (NAD83) and at an elevation of 291 ft MSL.


ref., Plant Life in Alabama (1902) by Charles Theodore Mohr. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Giles Langdon (1763 - 1847)
  Sarah Carter Langdon (1763 - 1824)
 
 Spouse:
  Eliza Moore Langdon (1807 - 1884)
 
 Children:
  Sarah Lovina Langdon (1830 - 1831)*
  Leontine Langdon (1831 - 1837)*
  Henry Clay Langdon (1834 - 1856)*
  Infant Son Langdon (1837 - 1838)*
  Charles Carter Langdon (1839 - 1867)*
 
 Siblings:
  Levi Langdon (1787 - 1862)*
  Ruth Langdon Clark (1794 - 1875)*
  Sarah Langdon (1796 - 1824)*
  Charles Carter Langdon (1805 - 1889)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Magnolia Cemetery
Mobile
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
Plot: Square 11
 
Created by: Ray
Record added: Mar 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67058918
Charles Carter Langdon
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Charles Carter Langdon
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Charles Carter Langdon
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