Alabama Attorneys General

Alexander Michael Garber

Attorney General: 1907-1911


Of Talladega, was born at "Chessland," the country home of his parents near Livingston, Sumter County, and was the son of Dr. Alexander Menzies and Anna Maria (Rhodes) Garber, the grandson of Richard and Margaret (Smith) Garber, and of Col. James and Elizabeth (Kornegay) Rhodes, and the great-grandson of Michael and Magdalene Garber, of Maj. Thomas and Agnes (Cunningham) Smith, and of James Rhodes and wife Anna, only child of Dr. Andrew Bass, a Revolutionary patriot of Dobbs county, N. C. The Garbers came from Holland to Pa., and thence to Staunton, Va. In the last named place lived also the Smiths and Cunninghams. The Rhodes family were early settlers in N. C. Maj. Thomas Smith commanded a battalion from Augusta County Va., in the Revolutionary War, and Capt. John Cunningham, the father of the wife of Thomas Smith, was a private in the French and Indian War and the builder of the first house in Staunton.


Col. Garber was educated in the primary schools, and at the Livingston Male Academy; entered the University of Alabama in 1883, graduated with the A. B. degree and as Capt. of Co. "A," Alabama Corps of Cadets in 1886; received the honorary degree of A. M., 1889; taught school at Aberdeen, Miss., 1888, and at Livingston, 1889; studied law and partially completed the course of the law department of the University of Virginia; practiced law in Sumter and Hale Counties, 1891, in which year he removed to Talladega. He was Capt. of the Talladega Rifles, 1894 to 1896, when he was appointed to the staff of Gov. Jos. F. Johnston as inspector-general with the rank of colonel. Upon the establishment of the city court of Talladega in 1893, he was appointed solicitor, elected by the General Assembly in 1898, and again without opposition in a primary in his County in 1904. He made an unsuccessful race for Attorney General in 1902, but in 1906 he was nominated without opposition.


He was a Democrat; vestryman in the Protestant Episcopal Church; was a member of the Elks; and was grand chancellor of the Alabama Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias. On June 14, 1906, at Bowling Green, Ky., he was married to Margaret Louise, daughter of Keenan and Margaret (Long) Hurst, of Cincinnati.


Died on April 28, 1944.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1907, 15.
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