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Biography: Julius Caesar Alford born May 10, 1799

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(1799 – 1863)

Montgomery, Alabama

Julius Caesar Alford was born in Greensboro, N. C. May 10, 1799, the son of Ludwick and Judith (Jackson) Alford, the former of England who emigrated to America and located in Wake County, served as captain in the War of 1812, moved to Greene County, and later to Troup County, Georgia. He was the grandson of Reuben Jackson, of North Carolina, who won distinction at the battle of New Orleans. Julius was educated in the common schools and at an academy in North Carolina; he studied law under Col. Foster of Greensboro, N. C.; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lagrange, Georgia.


He also engaged in planting; was a member of the State house of representatives; commanded a company in the Creek War of 1836; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George W. B. Towns and served from January 2 to March 3, 1837.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1839, to October 1, 1841. “Because of his fearless and stormy declaration in popular assemblies, he was known as the ‘War horse of Troup.’

He resigned in 1841 and moved to Tuskegee, Alabama, and resumed the practice of law, and subsequently settled near Montgomery, Alabama.

He was a delegate to the Union convention at Montgomery in 1852; an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1855 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; member of the secession convention in 1861. He died on his plantation near Montgomery, Ala., January 1, 1863. Interment was in the family cemetery on his estate near Montgomery.

He married (1) Eliza Cook (2) Mrs. Sarah Fitzpatrick (Baldwin) Underwood (3) Mrs. Martha Herin0 Boswell, widow of Thomas Coke Boswell and daughter of Henry and Sally (McClendon) Herin.

Children by his first wife:

  1. daughter Alford married A. E. Cox of LaGrange, Georgia
  2. Antoinnette Lafayette Alford married Benjamin Baldwin
  3. George Cook Alford, lawyer, died from wounds received while in the C. S. Army

By second wife:

  1. Julius Caesar Alford, attended University of Alabama 1862-63 – Corporal Rucker’s escort, C. S. Army married Carolina Judith Ellsberry d. 1871
  2. daughter died young
  3. Sallie Alford married Cadwalader H. Beale, son of Jessie D. and Tremailah (Neale) Beale of Suffolk, Virginia

By third wife:

  1. Mattie Belle Alford married ……Booth
  2. Cecile Alford
  3. Ludwick H. Alford


  1. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen,
  2. Congress biography
  3. North Carolina Biographical Dictionary
  4. Find A Grave Memorial# 7690774 # 94138827 # 94133213 # 21499510


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