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Simpson Manuscript – Governors of the State of Alabama from it’s beginning to 1900.


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Late Recording Secretary to the Governor


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The following is a list of the Governors of Alabama from its organization as a territory down to the present time, with year of occupancy:

Wm. Wyatt Bibb, of Georgia, appointed Governor of the Territory of Alabama on its organization; from March 1817 to November 1819.

Wm. Wyatt Bibb, of Autauga, first Governor of the State of Alabama, from November 1819 to July 1820. Died in office.

Thomas Bibb, of Limestone, President of the Senate, succeeded to the Gubernatorial chair on the death of Governor W. Bibb. Served until December 1821.

Israel Pickens, of Greene, from December 1821 to December 1825.

John Murphy, of Monroe, from December 1825 to December 1829.

Gabriel Moore, of Madison, December 1829 to March 1831. Resigned to accept a seat in the United States Senate.

Samuel B. Moore, of Jackson, President of the Senate succeeded to the Gubernatorial chair on the resignation of Gov. Gabriel Moore, and served to Dec. 1831.

John Gayle, of Greene, from December 1831 to December 1835.

Clement C. Clay, of Madison, from December 1835 to July 1837. Resigned to accept a seat in the United States Senate.

Hugh McVay, of Lauderdale, President of the Senate, succeeded to the Gubernatorial chair on the resignation of Governor C. C. Clay, July 1837. Served until December 1837.

Arthur P. Bagby, of Monroe, from Dec. 1837 to Dec. 1841.

Benjamin Fitzpatrick, of Autauga, from Dec. 1841 to Dec. 1845.

Joshua L. Martin, of Tuskaloosa, from Dec. 1845 to Dec. 1847.

Reuben Chapman, of Madison, from Dec. 1847 to Dec. 1849.

Henry W. Collier, of Tuskaloosa, from Dec. 1849 to Dec. 1853.

John A. Winston, of Sumter, from Dec. 1853 to Dec. 1857.

Andrew B. Moore, of Perry, from Dec. 1857 to Dec. 1861. He was Governor at the outbreak of the war.

John G. Shorter, of Barbour, from Dec. 1861 to Dec. 1863.

Thos. H. Watts, of Montgomery, from Dec. 1863 to April 1865. Governor Watts occupied the Gubernatorial chair at the close of the war.

Lewis E. Parsons, of Talladega, Provisional Governor appointed by President Johnson, from June 1865 to Dec. 1865.

Robt. M. Patton, of Lauderdale, from Dec. 1865 to July 1868.

Wm. H. Smith, of Randolph, from July 1868 to Dec. 1870

Robt. B. Lindsay, of Colbert, from Dec. 1870 to Dec. 1872.

David P. Lewis, of Madison, from Dec. 1872 to Dec. 1874.

Geo. S. Houston, of Limestone, from Dec. 1874 to Dec. 1878.

R. W. Cobb, of Shelby, from Dec. 1878 to Dec. 1882.

E. A. O’Neal of Lauderdale, from Dec. 1882 to Dec. 1886.

Thos. Seay, of Hale, from Dec. 1886 to Dec. 1890.

Thos. G. Jones, of Montgomery, from Dec. 1890 to Dec. 1894.

Wm. C. Gates, of Henry, from Dec. 1894 to Dec. 1896.

Joseph F. Johnston, of Jefferson, from Dec. 1896 to 1900

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS – Volume I – IV: Four Volumes in One

The first four Alabama Footprints books – Volumes 1-IV have been combined into one book

From the time of the discovery of America restless, resolute, brave, and adventurous men and women crossed oceans and the wilderness in pursuit of their destiny. Many traveled to what would become the State of Alabama. They followed the Native American trails and their entrance into this area eventually pushed out the Native Americans. Over the years, many of their stories have been lost and/or forgotten. This book (four-books-in-one) reveals the stories published in volumes I-IV of the Alabama Footprints series.

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS – Volume I – IV: Four Volumes in One

About Donna R Causey

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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