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Biography: Phares Coleman born March 31, 1865 – photograph

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(b. 1865 -d. 1933)

Montgomery and Sumter County Alabama


Phares Coleman, of Montgomery, was the reporter of decisions of the Supreme court of Alabama. He was born March 31, 1865, at Livingston, Alabama to Judge Augustus A. Coleman (son of James Boykin Coleman of Camden district, South Carolina), of Birmingham, and his wife, Amanda Malvina Phares, daughter of John C. Phares of Sumter county, Alabama.

Judge Augustus A. Coleman had a long and honorable public career. He was a member of the Secession convention of Alabama, 1861, and colonel cf the Fortieth Alabama regiment, C. S. A., and was a judge of the Tenth Judicial circuit.

Phares Coleman was educated in the private schools of Greensboro, and in the Southern university ; graduated with a degree of bachelor cf arts from the latter m 1882. He graduated: from the University of Alabama with the degree of master of arts 1883 and in 1885, with the degree of bachelor of laws. In 1885, Coleman entered upon the practice of law in Greensboro.

In 1894, he became the reporter of the decisions of the Supreme court and 1887 he was appointed the secretary to the Supreme court of Alabama. He was president of the Montgomery Library association in 1900 and a member of the board of directors of the Commercial and Industrial association of Montgomery.

He was a steward in the Methodist church; was a Knight of Pythias; a member of the advisory board of the Alumni society of the University of Alabama; and was chairman of the advisory board which was instrumental in securing the location at Montgomery of St. Margaret’s hospital. In politics, Mr. Coleman was a Democrat.

On March 12, 1889, he married Margaret Peterson daughter of Dr. Francis M. Peterson and wife, Margaret J. (Sledge) Peterson of Greensboro.

They had three children;

  1. Phares Coleman, Jr
  2. Elizabeth Coleman
  3. Margaret Coleman

Mr. Coleman led a busy and active life demonstrated by what he accomplished while occupying the position of reporter of decisions of the Supreme court of Alabama. His father before him was of the best old families of South Carolina, and the son inherited qualities that were essential in making the successful man.

In October 1903, Mr. Coleman re-entered the active practice of the law in the City of Montgomery; and by reason of his training and experience, brought unusual equipment to the practice of his profession. He was a broad, progressive and up to date in all his ideas; was very public spirited and at all times, took a keen and lively interest in all public questions.

The firm of Spain and Gillon Company in Birmingham, Alabama was one of the oldest law firms in the State of Alabama and was founded in 1912 by Phares Coleman and his father Phares Coleman as Coleman and Coleman . Later, Frank E. Spain joined the firm, probably after his father retired and the firm was called Coleman & Coleman & Spain. Other early members of the firm were Chappell Cory, Jr. and Atwell J. Brown. Phares Coleman died in 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama.



  1. Notable men of Alabama edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie (Bankhead) Owen
  3. 1933 New York Times
  4. Hubbell’s Legal Directory for Lawyers and Businessmen By J. H. Hubbell
  5. Find A Grave Memorial# 41380131 # 41380205

This biography can be found in Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume V

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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