RELATING TO THE EARLY HISTORY OF LIMESTONE COUNTY
By Thomas Smith Malone
This excerpt has been transcribed from The Athens Post, April 18, 1867.
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During the year 1818, the population increased so rapidly that Congress authorized the people to take steps to form a State Constitution The election for members of the Convention, who were to perform this duty, took place the first Monday in May 1819, and the Convention convened in Huntsville on the 5th of July following.
John W. Walker was elected President of the Convention, and John Campbell its Secretary. The members elected from this county and who was said to have exercised much influence on the deliberations of that able body, were Nicholas Davis Thomas Bibb and Beverly Hughes. The two first named continued to exercise a large and wholesome influence on the Legislation of the State for many years thereafter.
Hon. Nicholas Davis at the first election held after the State entered the Federal Union, was elected Senator from this County, and was, on the meeting of the General Assembly of the State, chosen its President and continued for ten consecutive years to represent the people of the county, and to fill the chair as the presiding officer of the Senate, with its marked fidelity to the interest of his constituents, and great acceptability to the Senators. Mr. Davis was called on by friends to run for other offices, but owing to the decided minority of his party (Whigs) in North Alabama, was generally left out. All parties, however, had the highest confidence in his patriotism, integrity and very decided ability.
Hon. Thomas Bibb also filled many offices in the interest of people, and with marked ability and fidelity to their best and highest interest. In the summer of 1819, in anticipation of the reception of the new State into the Union, at the next session of Congress, an election was held throughout the Territory for Governor, members of the two Houses of the General Assembly, etc.
Wm. W. Bibb was elected Governor, by a vote of 8,342, leading his competitor, Marmaduke Williams, by 1202 votes. The Senate had twenty-one members, and Thomas Bibb was elected its President, the House was composed of forty-five members, and James Dellet of Monroe, was elected Speaker.
James Dellett (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
Governor Bibb was inaugurated with much pomp
This Legislature proceeded to elect United States Senators, and on the first ballot, elected William King and John W. Walker over Thomas D. Crab and George Phillips. Governor Bibb was inaugurated, with much pomp, as our first Governor, to be, after the reception of the Territory into the Union.
He congratulated the people on the liberality of the United States Government for having donated 72 Sections of land for a high Seminary of learning; the Sixteenth Section in every township in the State, for free schools, and sixteen hundred, and twenty acres of land at the Confluence of the Alabama and Cahawba rivers, for a seat of Government. This session of the General Assembly was not only noted for its ability, and many offices it created and filled, but for the presence of Andrew Jackson, who was in Huntsville, with a strong stable, for the races then going on there, and many kindly civilities tendered him.
Henry Nichols was elected Attorney General over John N. Jones. Lipscomp was elected Judge of the first Judicial Circuit: Saffold of the Second; Webb of the third; Ellis of the fourth, beating our county men, Hughes and John McKinly; and C. C. Clay, of the fifth. The counties were ordered to elect county officers; Limestone elected Wm. T. Gamble, Circuit Clerk; John T. Smith, County Court Clerk, and James Slaughter, Sheriff; the vote was over Seventeen hundred. Respectfully, M.S.T
Once Alabama was admitted as a state of the United States of America on December 4, 1819, a great wave of immigrants from other states and countries came by flat-boats, pack-horses, covered wagons and ships to become the first citizens of the state.
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Statehood presents the times and conditions they faced in lost & forgotten stories which include:
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- Tuscaloosa Had Three Other Names
- Chandelier Falls & Capitol Burns
- Alabama Throws Parties For General LaFayette
- Francis Scott Key Was Sent to Alabama To Solve Problems