Alabama Lieutenant Governors

Hugh Davis Merrill

Lieutenant Governor: 1931-1935


Hugh Davis Merrill, of Anniston was born December 20, 1877 at Franklin, Heard County, GA, son of James Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth (Faver) Merrill. The father was from Carroll County, GA and served as a Captain in John B. Wilcoxon’s Battalion, Phillips Legion of the Confederate Army. He removed his law practice from Heard County, GA to Edwardsville, Cleburne County, AL about 1887. Hugh Davis was the grandson of Sanders Faver and Caroline Davis Faver of Heard County, GA.


Hugh Davis Merrill was educated in the public schools of Franklin, GA and Edwardsville, AL and graduated from Oxford College in Calhoun County, AL in 1897.  He received a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1898. He joined his father’s law practice in Edwardsville;  when the Cleburne County seat was established in Anniston in 1902 he moved to that city and joined the firm of Knox, Acker, and Blackmon, and in 1908 formed a partnership with his brother, Attorney Walter B. Merrill in Heflin.


Hugh Davis Merrill was a member of the legislature from Cleburne County from 1900-1901; City Attorney for Anniston 1906-1908; and appointed Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit on March 11, 1911 to suceed Judge John Pelham, who was appointed to the Alabama Court of Appeals. Merrill was re-elected without opposition in November, 1912, and again in 1918; he resigned his position on June 1, 1920. In 1923 he was Speaker of the House and in 1927 a member of the same body. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1930.



Authority: Carolyn S.Hulett, great niece of Hugh Davis Merrill.


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