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BREWER, Willis

1844–1912

Biography

BREWER, Willis, a Representative from Alabama; born near Livingston, Sumter County, Ala., March 15, 1844; attended the common schools; entered the Confederate Army at the age of eighteen years; journalist, author, and planter; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1870 and commenced practice at Haynesville, Ala.; treasurer of Lowndes County in 1871; State auditor 1876-1880; member of the State house of representatives 1880-1882; served in the State senate 1882-1890; again a member of the State house of representatives 1890-1894; again served in the State senate 1894-1897; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1900; resumed the practice of law and continued his work as an author until his death in Montgomery, Ala., on October 30, 1912; interment in the family mausoleum on Cedars plantation, near Montgomery, Ala.

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: In the Alabama State Board of Assessment Minute Books, 1870-1882, 3 volumes. Persons represented include Willis Brewer. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Robert McKee Papers, 1861-1899, 2 cubic feet. Correspondents include Willis Brewer.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Brewer, W[illis]. Alabama: Her history, resources, war record, and public men. Montgomery, Ala.: Barrett & Brown, printers, 1872.

------. The children of Issachar (I Chronicles, xii:32.). New York & London: G. P. Putnam's sons. 1884.

------. Egypt and Israel; an inquiry into the influence of the more ancient people upon Hebrew history and the Jewish religion and some investigation into the facts and statements made as to Jesus of Nazareth. Cedar Rapids, Ia.: The Torch Press, 1910.

------. The secret of mankind. New York [etc.]: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1895.

------. Speech...in the House...April 12, 1900 on the Philippine war. [N.p.], 1900.

------. The war-revenue bill...Speech...in the House...June 9, 1898. [N.p.], 1898.

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