BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Lawrence County, Alabama
“Among the many men of a mark that have lived in Lawrence County, David Hubbard may well be classed. His family was from Virginia, but he is a native of Tennessee, son of Thomas Mortimer and Mary B. (Swann) Hubbard. His father served in the Revolutionary War, Regimental Quartermaster, First Virginian form 1777 to May 1778.
David’s parents moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee where he received his early education. His parents being poor, his early advantages were limited. David was a volunteer at the battle of New Orleans and served with Andrew Jackson where he attained the rank of major, and, long after, on his electioneering tours, when some kindhearted voter would inquire why he limped, “Oh, nothing but that old wound I got at New Orleans,” he would indifferently say.
Just after the peace, he came to Alabama and worked in Huntsville as a carpenter. He read law there. In 1827, he opened a law office in Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama, owned a mercantile business and was a planter, manufacturer, and a politician. He married Eliza Campbell in 1827 and they had six children. She was the niece of George W. Campbell of Nashville, Tennessee, once minister to Russia, and sister of Argyle Campbell, a lawyer of Moulton, later of Columbia, Mississippi.
Elected to the office of solicitor soon after, he entered the legislature in 1827, and within the thirty years ensuing was nine times chosen to one house or the other of the general assembly. In 1828-1835, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama. When he was in Courtland, Alabama in 1829, he engaged in buying and selling Chickasaw Indian Land.
In 1839 he was elected to Congress, defeating Hon. David G. Ligon
Again in 1849, he was elected to Congress, this time over Messrs. William B. Wood and E. A. O’Neal both of Lauderdale; but he was thrice defeated for the position by Gen. Houston of Limestone. He opposed the Compromise of 1850, and was classed with others in the Democratic party as “Fire-Eaters.” He was a delegate to Southern Commercial Convention in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1857 and Savannah, Georgia in 1859 where he advocated possible separation from the Union – a year before Lincoln was elected President –“…. It becomes our duty to examine well our condition in the Union.
In 1860 he was an elector for Breckinridge and Lane. During the occupancy of this county by the federal troops, they shamefully treated him and showed no respect for his gray hairs. From 1861-1863, he was a member of Confederate State House of Representatives and was Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Confederate government from 1863-1865.
After the war, he resided in Spring Hill, Tennessee near General Ewell (a relative) and established a tanyard near Ewell Station and with the help of his former slaves, succeeded in regaining a part of his lost fortune.
In appearance, Major Hubbard was stout, but stoop-shouldered and uncomely. His brow was broad and large, but disfigured by a wen. His address was rather awkward, but his mind was full of vigor and vitality even in his later public life. As an electioneer, whether on the stump or in the bush, he was truly formidable, possessing many arts of the popular man. His heart was kind and humane, his friendship ardent, and his ability, chiefly developed as a politician, far above mediocrity. He was also a close student of mankind, and his shrewdness and tact were proverbial in Lawrence.
He later married a Rebecca Stoddert of Tennessee. Hon Greene K. Hubbard of Lawrence County was a brother to Major Hubbard.
Major Hubbard’s last residence was Spring Hill, Tennessee. He died in 1874, while on a visit at the home of his son, Duncan in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana and was buried at Trinity Church (Episcopal), Rosedale, Iberville Parish, Louisiana.
His children were:
- Mary Hubbard married Dr. John Tucker of Virginia
- Duncan Hubbard married (1) Miss Chambers, of Virginia and (2) Miss Edmonson, of Holly Springs, Miss.
- David Hubbard married (1) Miss Wiley of Holly Springs, Mississippi. (20 Miss Hol, of New Orleans
- Caledonia Hubbard married Gaston Henderson, of Mississippi
- Emma Hubbard married James Young, son of Col. G. H. Young, of Waverley, Missisippi
- George C. Hubbard killed at the battle of Bakers Creek, Mississippi married Margaret, daughter of Oswald King, of Lawrence County, Alabama.
- “Early Settlers of Alabama” written 1899 by Col. James Edmonds Saunders and published in New Orleans.
- History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
- Find A Grave Memorial# 7203484 # 35127393 # 35131705