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Encyclopedia > Lewis E. Parsons

Lewis Eliphalet Parsons (April 28, 1819June 8, 1895) was the appointed provisional Democratic Governor of Alabama from June to December, 1865, following the American Civil War. April 28 is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 247 days remaining. ... 1819 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1895 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The following is a list of the territorial and state governors of Alabama. ... Alabama is a state located in the southern United States. ... 1865 is a common year starting on Sunday. ... The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the United States – forces coming mostly from the 23 northern states of the Union – and the newly-formed Confederate States of America, which consisted of 11 southern states that had declared their secession. ...


LEWIS ELIPHALET PARSONS, Alabama's 19th governor, was born in Boone County, New York, on April 28, 1817. He was educated in public schools, and studied law at the Frederick Tallmadge office in New York and the G.W. Woodward offices in Pennsylvania. Parsons moved to Talladega, Alabama, in 1840, and practiced law with Alexander White. He was a presidential elector in 1856 and 1860, and a member of the Alabama House of Representatives in 1859 and 1865. In April 1865, Alabama's civil government underwent a drastic change because of the surrender of the Confederate states.General George H. Thomas was ordered to manage state affairs until a provisional government was appointed. President Andrew Johnson appointed Parsons provisional governor of Alabama on June 21, 1865. His first deed was to reinstate the laws of 1861, except those pertaining to slavery. He ordered the election of delegates to a constitutional convention that met September 12, 1865. The convention repealed the ordinance of secession, renounced the state's war debts, abolished slavery, and scheduled elections to choose state officials and representatives to Congress.Parsons's term ended on December 13, 1865, with the inauguration of Robert M. Patton. Parsons was elected to the U.S. Senate, but was refused his seat by the Republican party. In addition, he served as U.S. District Attorney for northern Alabama. Parsons died on June 8, 1895, and is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Talladega, Alabama.


Cited Source: Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol.1, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Preceded by:
Thomas H. Watts
Governor of Alabama
1865
Succeeded by:
Robert M. Patton

 
 

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