William Rufus King (1786-1853) was the 13th vice president of the United States and was a founder of Selma in Dallas County. He was elected with President Franklin Pierce in 1852 and became the only vice president to take the oath on foreign soil. King was one of Alabama's first U.S. Senators, serving more than 30 years, and held foreign-service positions for the U.S. government in France and Russia.
Native American History | The 'Black Warrior Village' has been in existence as early as 1580, although it was abandoned at times. The village was unoccupied circa 1750-1760 according to several historical sources. The primary native tribes of the area were the Choctaw and Creeks. The Creeks resettled the old village around 1800.
Horace Ware (1812-1890) was a pioneer of Alabama's iron industry. He built the first rolling mill and permanent iron works in the state. Ware's Shelby Iron Works supplied armor plating to the Confederate Navy during the Civil War.
"Trail Of Tears" www.richheape.com - Rich-Heape Films, Inc. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee Nation froze or starved to death on the trail to Oklahoma Indian Territory. This video explores America's darkest period: President Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838. Nearly a ...
Every September the Altapass Foundation, at the Orchard at Altapass, honors the members of the OVTA with a BBQ dinner. The dinner is open to the public and attendees are treated to first-person narratives performed by the re-enactors.
And when Frank and Jesse participated in the infamous massacre of unarmed soldiers at Centralia in September 1864, Zerelda expressed pride in her boys and prayed that God would protect them. A Union officer described her as "one of the worst women in this state." Union authorities banished Zerelda to Nebraska in early 1865, and she only returned after the war was over.
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…
Emanuel Lehman (1828-1907) was one of three Jewish-German immigrant brothers whose cotton brokerage, founded in Montgomery during the mid-nineteenth century, eventually expanded to become the financial conglomerate Lehman Brothers. In 1858 Emanuel opened a branch of the company's cotton brokerage in New York City, which became the company's headquarters following the Civil Wa