Alabama Attorneys General

William C. Fitts

photo of Ala. Attorney General William C. Fitts


Attorney General: 1894-1898


William Cochrane Fitts, Attorney General of Alabama and lawyer, was born in Tuscaloosa, January 29, 1866, son of Rev. Dr. Philip Augustus and Sophia Holland (Cochrane) Fitts. He received his early shooling at the old academy at Elyton and the first public school in Birmingham, later removing to Clarksville, Tenn., with his parents he continued his education in this place; spent one year at the University of the South; graduated from the Southwestern Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tenn., 1884.


He accepted a position as clerk in the National Bank of Clarksville, but soon began the study of law in the University of Alabama, LL. B., 1886, and later attended a summer course of law at the University of Virginia. He practiced law at Tuscaloosa 1886-94; was elected Attorney General 1894, and was re-elected 1896. He was a member of the constitutional convention 1901, from Tuscaloosa County; removed to Mobile and practiced there until 1910 when he removed to Birmingham. He was appointed U. S. Assistant Attorney General in 1917.


He was a Democrat; and an Episcopalian. Married: April 23, 1890, in Birmingham to Eleanor, daughter of Col. G. W. and Harriet (Earle) Hewitt, of Birmingham. Children: 1. Harriet Earle; 2. Sophia Holland; 3. Eleanor Fitts; 4. William Cochrane. Last residence: Birmingham.


Thomas McAdory Owen. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, III, (1921), 581.