William J. Samford
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|William James Samford|
|31st Governor of Alabama|
December 1, 1900 – June 11, 1901
|Lieutenant||William D. Jelks|
|Preceded by||Joseph F. Johnston|
|Succeeded by||William D. Jelks|
|Born||September 16, 1844
Greeneville, Meriwether County, Georgia
|Died||June 11, 1901 (aged 56)
|Spouse(s)||Caroline Elizabeth Drake|
William James Samford was born on September 16, 1844 in Greenville, Georgia. His father was William Flewellyn Samford and his mother, Susan Lewis Dowdell Samford. In 1846, he moved with his parents to Chambers County, Alabama. He was educated in the public schools of Chambers and Auburn, Alabama. He then attended the East Alabama Male College (now Auburn University) before transferring to the University of Georgia.
He entered politics in 1872 serving as a city alderman and alternate elector for the Horace Greeley ticket, although he thought the democrats had erred in supporting Greeley. In 1874 he was a delegate to the state constitutional convention. In 1878, he was elected as a democrat to the U.S. Congress where he served one term. He missed the first few weeks of his term because he was out of the state seeking medical treatment, so William D. Jelks acted as governor from December 1 to December 26, 1900.
He married Caroline Elizabeth Drake in 1865
He died in office on June 11, 1901, and Jelks again assumed the role of governor.
A complete biography of Governor Samford is available in the Samford University library ("The Life and Times of William J. Samford") and Auburn University library. It also includes a complete family history from 1600 until 1970, and Mr. Samford's time in U.S. Congress and as a Civil War prisoner.
- William J. Samford at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Encyclopedia of Albama article on Samford
Joseph F. Johnston
|Governor of Alabama
William D. Jelks
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