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LIGON, Robert Fulwood

1823–1901

Biography

LIGON, Robert Fulwood, a Representative from Alabama; born in Watkinsville, Oconee County, Ga., December 16, 1823; attended the country schools of his native county, the academy near Watkinsville, and the University of Georgia at Athens; moved to Athens, Ga., and later, in 1844, to Tuskegee, Ala.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Tuskegee; served in the Mexican War as a captain in the First Alabama Battalion; member of the State house of representatives in 1849 and 1850; served in the State senate 1861-1864; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as captain of Company F, Twelfth Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Rhodes' division; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1872; Lieutenant Governor of Alabama in 1874; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878; continued the practice of law until 1884, when he retired from active practice and moved to Montgomery; engaged in banking and as a planter; served forty years as president of the board of trustees of the Alabama Female College; also a trustee of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn for many years; died in Montgomery, Ala., October 11, 1901; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1899-1908, 2 cubic feet. The papers of Robert Fulwood Ligon include correspondence and receipts. These materials document Robert Ligon's activities with the state militia or national guard, the supreme court and his various real estate holdings. His real estate holdings include such things as buildings in downtown Birmingham and agricultural land in Macon County.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor's Mansion Still Negatives, Photographs, Slides, and Panels, 1993-1995, 6 cubic feet. Subjects include Robert Ligon.
Papers: In the Durr Family Papers, 1868-1968, 2.3 cubic feet. Subjects include Robert Fulwood Ligon.
Papers: In the Nathan H. Glick Pen and Ink Drawings, [199--]-[1993], 0.33 cubic feet. Subjects include Robert F. Glick.
Papers: In the Edward H. Moren Papers, 1841-1887, 0.4 cubic foot. Subjects include Robert Fulwood Ligon.
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