Alabama Governor. Moving to the Alabama Territory in 1818, he studied law in Tennessee, was admitted to the Alabama bar in 1822 and opened a law practice in Huntsville, Alabama. He was a member of the Alabama State Legislature in 1827 and served as Chief Justice of the Alabama State Supreme Court from 1828 to 1849. In 1849, he was elected as a Democrat the 14th Governor of Alabama, serving until 1853. While in office, he encouraged the introduction of textile mills to the state, promoted funding for education, the Alabama Historical Society was formed and the Alabama Hospital for the Insane was authorized. Following his term as Governor he was offered a seat in the United States Senate, but declined and lived in retirement until death at age 54.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith