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Thomas Seay (November 20, 1846March 30, 1896) was an American Democratic politician who was the Governor of Alabama from 1886 to 1890. November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 1896 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... A politician is an individual involved in politics. ... The following is a list of the territorial and state governors of Alabama. ... Alabama is a state located in the southern United States. ... 1886 is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) Events January 18 _ Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... 1890 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

THOMAS SEAY, Alabama's 27th governor, was born on November 20, 1846, in Greene County, Alabama. Until the age of 12, Seay attended country schools. He was then sent to Greensboro, Alabama, for his preparatory education, and attended Southern University until the outbreak of the Civil War. Seay enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1863, and was captured and imprisoned on Ship Island. After the war, Seay returned to Southern University and graduated in 1867. He studied law with Judge A.A. Coleman in Greensboro, and was admitted to the bar in 1869. He was a junior partner with the Coleman and Seay law firm in 1869, and continued practicing until 1885. Seay entered politics in 1874, when he ran unsuccessfully for the Alabama Senate. In 1876 he was elected, and remained in the senate for 10 years, serving as president from 1884 to 1886. Seay also served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880 and 1884, and he was vice-president of the National Prison Association. On August 2, 1886, Seay was elected Governor of Alabama, and he was sworn into office on December 1, 1886. He was reelected to a second term on August 6, 1888. During his terms, pensions were provided for disabled Confederate veterans and their widows, the general tax rate was reduced, the first Alabama steel was produced at North Birmingham, and the Savannah and Western Railroad was opened to Birmingham. The State Normal School (now Troy University), the State Normal School for Colored Students (now Alabama State) in Montgomery, and the Alabama Academy for the Blind in Talladega were established. Also, the Farmer's Alliance was organized in 1887, and in 1889 the Alabama Farmers and Laborers Union of America was formed. Seay left the governor's office on December 1, 1890. After an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate, he returned to Greensboro, and died at the age of 49 on March 30, 1896. Seay is buried at the City Cemetery, Greensboro, Alabama. Sources:

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:
Edward A. O'Neal
Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by:
Thomas G. Jones

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Alabama Governor Thomas Seay (490 words)
Thomas Seay began his political career in 1874 when he ran unsuccessfully for the state senate.
Seay was elected governor in 1886 and reelected in 1888.
Seay died at the age of 49 on March 30, 1896 in Greensboro.
Player Bio: Thomas Seay :: Baseball (194 words)
Thomas Seay begins his second season as the volunteer assistant coach at Old Dominion University.
Seay played collegiate baseball at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, then transferred to Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. While at Randolph-Macon he was named second team All-Conference as a designated hitter and ranked 16th nationally in doubles, setting a Randolph-Macon school record.
Seay graduated in 2002 from Randolph-Macon with a B.A. in sociology.
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