Russell McWhortor Cunningham
|Russell McWhortor Cunningham|
|Acting Governor of Alabama|
April 25, 1904 – March 5, 1905
Acting Governor for William Jelks
|Preceded by||William Jelks|
|Succeeded by||William Jelks|
|5th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama|
|Preceded by||Robert F. Ligon (1876)|
|Succeeded by||Henry B. Gray|
|Member of the Alabama Senate|
|Member of the Alabama House of Representatives|
|Born||August 25, 1855
Mount Hope, Lawrence County, Alabama
|Died||June 6, 1921 (aged 65)
Russell McWhortor Cunningham (August 25, 1855 – June 6, 1921) was an American Democratic politician who was the acting Governor of Alabama from April 25, 1904 to March 5, 1905. He was lieutenant governor when Governor William D. Jelks fell ill and left the state for treatment, and since the Alabama Constitution requires that if the governor leave the state for more than 20 days, the lieutenant governor must act as governor until their return.
Although he was de jure only an interim chief of the state administration, because he served as Acting Governor for nearly a year, he is regarded as one of the Alabama Governor by the state government, and his portrait hanging along other Governor's portrait, as well as he figured on official state site alongside them. Cunningham is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.
Cunningham served in the Alabama House of Representatives 1880-1881. In 1896-1900, he served in the Alabama State Senate and was president of the senate. He also served in the Alabama Constitutional Convention of 1901.
Robert F. Ligon
|Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
Acting Governor 1904–1905
Henry B. Gray
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