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Daniel Pratt (1799-1873) was the first major industrialist in Alabama, founded the town of Prattville, and played a central role in moving the state toward a more diverse economy. He began building cotton gins in Autauga County in about 1833 and expanded his business holdings to include transportation, grist and flour mills, and finance.

Daniel Pratt (1799-1873) was the first major industrialist in Alabama, founded the town of Prattville, and played a central role in moving the state toward a more diverse economy. He began building cotton gins in Autauga County in about 1833 and expanded his business holdings to include transportation, grist and flour mills, and finance.

July 10, 1820: William Wyatt Bibb, dies as a result of injuries received in a riding accident. As specified in the 1819 constitution the president of the state senate automatically became the new governor. The new governor was Bibb’s younger brother, Thomas Bibb, who had represented Limestone Co. at the Constitutional Convention and in the state senate. Thomas did not stand for re-election, but later served again in the legislature and as director of the Huntsville Branch of the Bank of…

Governor William Wyatt Bibb - Alabama's First Governor

Isaac Shelby (1750-1826) was a colonel and hero in the Revolutionary War and the first governor of Kentucky, serving from 1792-96 and 1812-16. Shelby County in Alabama is named in his honor.

Isaac Shelby was a colonel and hero in the Revolutionary War and the first governor of Kentucky, serving from and Shelby County in Alabama is named in his honor.

Henry DeBardeleben (1840-1910) was a pioneering Alabama industrialist. He was a ward of industrialist Daniel Pratt. DeBardeleben held many positions in the Pratt Company, including management of the reconstruction of the Oxmoor furnace in Birmingham in the early 1870s.

Henry DeBardeleben was a pioneering Alabama industrialist. He was a ward of industrialist Daniel Pratt. DeBardeleben held many positions in the Pratt Company, including management of the reconstruction of the Oxmoor furnace in Birmingham in the early

John Gill Shorter

Served as Governor of Alabama during the Civil War.

Did you know that Alabama tried to annex and purchase West Florida many times? The land to West Florida, located under the state of Alabama, was owned by Spain quite a long time while Alabama was being settled in the ... Read More

Did you know that Alabama tried to annex and purchase West Florida many times? The land to West Florida, located under the state of Alabama, was owned by Spain quite a long time while Alabama was being settled in the .

General John Floyd of Georgia led American forces in battles at Autossee and Calabee Creek in Alabama during the Creek War of 1813-14

General John Floyd of Georgia led American forces in battles at Autossee and Calabee Creek in Alabama during the Creek War of

Andrew Dexter - a transplanted New England lawyer who was one of the founders of the city of Montgomery, Alabama in the early 1800s

Andrew Dexter - a transplanted New England lawyer who was one of the founders of the city of Montgomery, Alabama in the early

2013 - Fort Mims 200th Anniversary, Alabama

2013 - Fort Mims 200th Anniversary, Alabama

John Dellet - first Speaker of the House in the Alabama Legislature in 1819 and law partner of William Barret Travis who lost his life in the Alamo

John Dellet - first Speaker of the House in the Alabama Legislature in 1819 and law partner of William Barret Travis who lost his life in the Alamo

"Battle of Hobdy's Bridge.This battle on the Pea River was the last major battle of the Creek War of 1836-1837   in Alabama."

"Battle of Hobdy's Bridge.This battle on the Pea River was the last major battle of the Creek War of in Alabama.

[...] he never actually served as vice president at all:  Inaugurated in March 1853 in Cuba, under a special dispensation from Congress, he barely made it back to the United States and never got out of Alabama before dying the next month.  Last year, the Legislature gave legal sanction to a 1986 County Council resolution redesignating the county in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.  [...] last month, W.R.D. King swam briefly back into public consciousness when the council…

A look at King County's original (ex) namesake

[...] he never actually served as vice president at all: Inaugurated in March 1853 in Cuba, under a special dispensation from Congress, he barely made it back to the United States and never got out of Alabama before dying the next month. Last year, the Legislature gave legal sanction to a 1986 County Council resolution redesignating the county in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. [...] last month, W.R.D. King swam briefly back into public consciousness when the council…

June 11, 1901: Gov. William J. Samford dies while in office and is succeeded by the president of the Alabama Senate, William D. Jelks. The Constitutional Convention, then in session, would recreate the office of Lieutenant Governor in the 1901 Constitution. Originally created in the 1868 constitution, the office of Lieutenant Governor had been dropped from the 1875 version.

June 11, 1901: Gov. William J. Samford dies while in office and is succeeded by the president of the Alabama Senate, William D. Jelks. The Constitutional Convention, then in session, would recreate the office of Lieutenant Governor in the 1901 Constitution. Originally created in the 1868 constitution, the office of Lieutenant Governor had been dropped from the 1875 version.

Choctaw Tuska Choate from Indianola, who was a member of the 36th Division Infantry in World War I. Oklahoma Historical Society photograph collection.

Portrait photograph of Choctaw Tuska Choate from Indianola, who was a member of the Division Infantry in World War I.

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