William Parish Chilton

William Parish Chilton

Birth
Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA
Death 20 Jan 1871 (aged 60)
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Burial Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 8025338 · View Source
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Confederate States Congressman. He studied law with Return Jonathan Meigs III, was admitted to the bar in 1828, and practiced in Athens, Tennessee. In 1831 he moved to Talladega, Alabama. In 1839 he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives. In 1847 he was appointed an Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He served until 1852, when he became Chief Justice. In 1856 he resigned to resume practicing law. In 1859 he served in the Alabama State Senate. Chilton opposed secession, but became a supporter when Alabama voted to join the Confederacy. He was elected to the Provisional Confederate Congress from Montgomery. The body met in Montgomery, and as the local representative Chilton officially convened the first meeting. When Jefferson Davis was elected Confederate President, Chilton was one of two Representatives who escorted him into the House chamber to deliver his acceptance speech. Chilton also made the motion to reconvene on the outside steps, enabling photographs of Davis taking his oath of office. Chilton was elected to the Confederate Congress, and served from 1862 until the end of the Civil War. Afterwards he resumed practicing law, and died from complications of a fall down the stairs.

Bio by: Bill McKern



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  • Added: 24 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8025338
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Parish Chilton (10 Aug 1810–20 Jan 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8025338, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .