John Gill Shorter

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John Gill Shorter
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18th Governor of Alabama
In office
December 2, 1861 – December 1, 1863
Preceded by Andrew B. Moore
Succeeded by Thomas H. Watts
Personal details
Born April 23, 1818
Monticello, Georgia, U.S.
Died May 29, 1872 (aged 54)
Eufaula, Alabama, U.S.

John Gill Shorter (April 23, 1818 – May 29, 1872) was the 17th Governor of Alabama from 1861 to 1863. History records him as a member of the planter class and an ardent secessionist. During his term of office he sent state troops to Randolph and other counties to put down resistance to the war effort.[1] In the 1863 election he was defeated by Thomas H. Watts by three votes to one. [2]


Biography[edit]

Shorter was born on April 23, 1818, in Monticello, Georgia, and died on May 29, 1872, in Eufaula, Alabama.[3]

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  1. ^ Flynt, Wayne (February 5, 2016). Poor But Proud. 1222: University of Alabama Press. 
  2. ^ Flynt, Wayne (February 5, 2016). Poor But Proud. 1222: University of Alabama Press. 
  3. ^ McKiven, Henry R. Jr. (November 22, 2010) "John Gill Shorter (1861-63)". Encyclopedia of Alabama - accessed February 18, 2011

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew B. Moore
Governor of Alabama
1861–1863
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Watts