CHRISTOPHER C. NESMITH
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Lamar, Marion, Winston, Walker, Jefferson & Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Christopher C. Nesmith, of Birmingham, achieved a standing both in the professional and political world vouchsafed to few men of his age. His father, Hon. Thomas Benton Nesmith, was also distinguished as a lawyer and statesman and one of the most influential men in his section of the State. He resided at Vernon, Ala., from 1875 until his death in 1897, and besides his prominence as a legal practitioner, was a member of the Constitutional convention of 1875 and a member of the legislature in 1884-85.
He was solicitor of the old circuit comprising the counties of Lamar, Marion, Winston, Walker, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa. He married Mary C, daughter of William and Mary Catherine McLain, of Winston county, Alabama
Christopher C, a son, was born near Pikeville, Marion county, Ala., Oct. 29, 1873, and obtained his early elementary education chiefly at the Vernon institute. In due time he entered the University of Alabama and in 1894 obtained from that institution at graduation the degree of bachelor of arts. He was admitted to the bar in August of the same year, and began practice as a partner of Walter Nesmith at Vernon at the beginning of the year 1895. This connection continued until May, 1903, when he formed a partnership with Hon. Jesse F. Stallings and Judge Zell Gaston in Birmingham.
He was deputy solicitor for Lamar county from 1898 to 1903, register in chancery for Lamar county in 1902, member of the Constitutional convention in 1901, and in 1903 was elected State senator from the Twelfth district. In all these positions he displayed energy, discretion and conspicuous aptitude for business. He was an active worker in the ranks of the Democratic party, and was regarded as one of its most trusted leaders. For several years he was a member and secretary of the Lamar Democratic executive committee and as chairman headed several delegations to the State conventions.
Mr. Nesmith was married Dec. 14, 1899, to Helen Claudia Morton, daughter of William L. and Eudocia J. Morton, of Vernon, Ala. Mr. and Mrs. Nesmith had one child, Marjorie by 1904. Christopher C. Nesmith died in September 1931 and is buried at Vernon Cemetery in Lamar County, Alabama.
- Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
- History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1921
- Find A Grave Memorial # 66082130 # 67441584
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Exploration: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 1)is a collection of lost and forgotten stories about the people who discovered and initially settled in Alabama.
Some stories include:
- The true story of the first Mardi Gras in America and where it took place
- The Mississippi Bubble Burst – how it affected the settlers
- Did you know that many people devoted to the Crown settled in Alabama –
- Sophia McGillivray- what she did when she was nine months pregnant
- Alabama had its first Interstate in the early days of settlement
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