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HUBBARD, David

1792–1874

Biography

HUBBARD, David, (cousin of Samuel Houston), a Representative from Alabama; born near the town of Old Liberty (now Bedford), Bedford County, Va., in 1792; attended the county schools and an academy; during the War of 1812 entered the Army and served as major in the Quartermaster Corps; moved to Huntsville, Ala., where he worked as a carpenter; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1820 and commenced practice in Huntsville; moved to Florence and served as solicitor 1823-1826; moved to Moulton in 1827 and entered the mercantile business; member of the State senate in 1827 and 1828; member of the board of trustees of the University of Alabama 1828-1835; moved to Courtland in 1829, where he engaged in buying and selling Chickasaw Indian land; member of the State house of representatives in 1831, 1842, 1843, 1845, and 1853; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law; elected to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; delegate to the Southern Commercial Congress at Savannah, Ga., in 1859; presidential elector on the Breckinridge and Lane ticket in 1860; member of the Confederate States House of Representatives 1861-1863; first Confederate States Commissioner of Indian Affairs 1863-1865; moved to Spring Hill, Tenn.; died at the home of his son in Pointe Coupee Parish, La., January 20, 1874; interment in Trinity Episcopal Churchyard, Rosedale, Iberville Parish, La.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In George Washington Campbell papers, 1793-1886. 6 containers. Concern Alabama and national politics prior to Civil War and military affairs.
Papers: In the John G. Floyd correspondence and biographical sketches, 1840-1841, 23 items. Persons represented include David Hubbard.

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Nashville, TN
Papers: 1807-1871, 240 items. The papers of David Hubbard predominantly include correspondence. Topics include land transactions and national as well as Tennessee and Alabama politics. Correspondents frequently mention the national bank, slavery, economic problems of the country, Democratic and Whig politics, the elections of Martin Van Buren, James K. Polk, and Abraham Lincoln, and black Republicanism. Sale of Indian lands in Alabama and Mississippi involving Hubbard's Chickasaw Company in the 1830s and 1840s is also frequently mentioned. Family correspondence features letters of George Campbell Brown, Lizinka Campbell Brown Ewell, Eliza Campbell Hubbard, and Rebecca Stoddert Hubbard. Land records, accounts, and legal documents round out the collection.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Long, Durward. "Alabama's Secession Commissioners." Civil War History 9 (March 1963): 55-66.

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