ROBERT PATTON McDAVID
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(1867 – 1915)
Madison and Jefferson County, Alabama
Robert Patton McDavid, of Birmingham, Alabama, was born in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1867, his ancestors were residents of northern Alabama since the organization of the State. His parents were Colonel John Jackson McDavid and Marie (Patton) McDavid.
Robert attended the Normal college at Florence, Alabama, where his maternal grandfather, Robert Miller Patton, once governor of Alabama, resided. He afterwards attended the University of Alabama and graduated in the class of 1885.
Robert McDavid moved to Birmingham in 1885, and engaged in newspaper work, first with the
Evening Chronicle, and afterwards for several years with the Age- Herald. He successfully occupied all of the positions in the editorial department of that paper from police reporter to managing editor. During this time he also turned his penny in real estate with profit to himself.
Mr. McDavid moved to Montgomery in 1894, and for several years represented as correspondent in Alabama seventeen non-resident newspapers. In 1898 he was elected secretary of State over five able competitors and proved to be one of the most satisfactory of the prime-ministers of Alabama. The revenues of the office were almost doubled during his incumbency. He is said to have been the youngest man who ever held an elective State office in Alabama. Mr. McDavid returned to Birmingham at the expiration of his second term and became involved in the real estate and insurance business.
He married, in 1890, Virginia Irene Smith, (b. Aug 3, 1870 -d. Nov. 1916),daughter of Dr. Joseph Riley Smith of Birmingham. Mr. and Mrs. McDavid had five known children.
- Robert Patton McDavid, Jr.
- Mary Virginia McDavid
- Joseph R. Smith McDavid
- Charles Jordan McDavid
- Ned R. McDavid.
Mr. McDavid was a lieutenant-colonel on the staffs of Governors Samford and Jelks and was, for several years, a trustee of the State Normal college at Troy. Mr. McDavid is the son of Colonel John Jackson McDavid and wife, Marie Jane Patton (1840-1908) the daughter of Gov. Robert Miller Patton and wife, Jane Brahan, daughter of Gen. John Brahan, of Florence. Col. John Jackson McDavid (1833-1906) is the son of John McDavid and wife, Nancy Clayton, both originally from Ireland.
Robert Patton McDavid passed away August 20, 1915. His wife Virginia Irene (Smith) passed away Dec 3, 1916.
- Notable men of Alabama By Joel Campbell DuBose 1904
- 1880, 1920 and 1930 United States census
- Find A Grave Memorial# 7418802 # 95436627 # 8727976 # 8321257
This biography can be found in Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume VI