Andrew J. Applegate, lieutenant governor of
Alabama, was born October 14, 1833, near
Georgetown, Brown County, Oh.; and died August 21, 1870, at
Mobile; son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Hall) Applegate, of
Tuckahoe Ridge, Mason County, Ky. The Applegate family
came from Holland and settled in Pennsylvania. Later one
branch emigrated to Kentucky and from there Benjamin
Applegate moved to a farm near Georgetown, Oh., where he
reared a large family.
Andrew J. Applegate obtained his early education in the
public schools of Georgetown, Oh., and later studied and
practiced law there. He enlisted in the fourth Independent
company, Ohio volunteer cavalry, July 9, 1861; was appointed
sergeant and later quarter master sergeant. On the expiration of
his term of service, July 16, 1864, he was mustered out at
Cincinnati. On re-entering the service, he was commissioned
captain, Co. H, 189th Ohio volunteer infantry, March 6, 1865,
and was mustered out September 28, 1865. He began the
practice of law in Huntsville in 1866, and the following year
was elected a member of the constitutional convention called
under the reconstruction acts to frame a new constitution for
the state. In the ensuing election he became lieutenant
governor of the state, August 13, 1868.
He was a Republican
and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Married: September 7, 1858, at Bradysville, Adams County,
Oh., Lucinda, daughter of James and Margaret (Boyles)
Connor of Bradysville, Oh. She was of Scots-Irish descent, her
parents being among the first settlers of Adams County, Oh.
Children: 1. Ida M., Manchester, Oh.; 2. Harry, Manchester, Oh.
Last residence: Mobile.
Thomas McAdory Owen,
History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, (1921), Vol. III, 47.
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