FORNEY, William Henry

FORNEY, William Henry
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1823–1894

Biography

FORNEY, William Henry, (grandson of Peter Forney and nephew of Daniel Munroe Forney), a Representative from Alabama; born in Lincolnton, Lincoln County, N.C., November 9, 1823; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1844; served in the war with Mexico as a first lieutenant in the First Regiment of Alabama Volunteers; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Jacksonville, Calhoun County, Ala.; trustee of the University of Alabama 1851-1860; member of the State house of representatives in 1859 and 1860; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as a captain, and was successively promoted to major, lieutenant colonel, colonel, and brigadier general; surrendered at Appomattox Court House; member of the State senate in 1865 and 1866; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1893); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Forty-sixth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1892; appointed by President Cleveland a member of the Gettysburg Battlefield Commission and served until his death in Jacksonville, Ala., January 16, 1894; interment in the City 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: In the Annie Kennedy Photograph Album, ca. 1930, 2 folders. Includes photographs of W. H. Forney.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries
Manuscripts Department

Durham, NC
Papers: In the Southern Historical Collection, 1865-1894, 5 items. Includes papers of William Henry Forney describing his role as a Confederate brigadier general in various battles during the Civil War. Also included in the papers are news clippings of tribute to William Forney after his death.
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