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BIOGRAPHY: James H. Weaver (ca. 1800 – ca. 1880s)

JAMES H. WEAVER

BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY

(ca. 1800 – ca. 1880s)

Coosa County, Alabama

(Excerpt from History of Coosa County: by the Rev. George Evans Brewer, 1887)

James H. was the son of William H. Weaver, one of the first and most prominent of the early settlers around Nixburg, who was financially in easy circumstances.

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James grew to manhood in Coosa, and while yet quite young was elected sheriff in 1845. He was elected to the House from Coosa in 1853. And in 1857 was elected Secretary of State by the Legislature. He discharged his duties well in each place. He married Miss Margaret Powell in 1855. After the war, he went to New York, and by some of his dealings where he incurred the displeasure of his Southern friends, and never revisited the State.

ADDITIONAL EXCERPT FROM Reminiscences of Public Men in Alabama By William Garrett 1872 James H. Weaver, of Coosa, was elected Secretary of State to succeed Mr. Benham, who had signified his intention to retire. Mr. Weaver was originally from Georgia, but removed, when young, to Alabama, and settled in Coosa County, where he served a term as Sheriff. In 1853, as a Democratic nominee, he was elected to a seat in the House. He was elected Secretary of State in 1857 and retired at the end of his term.

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