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Alabama Constitutional Officers

Henry Hitchcock

Secretary of State: 1818-1819

Attorney General: 1819-1823

 

Henry Hitchcock, lawyer, territorial secretary, and attorney general, was born in 1795, in one of the New England states, probably Vermont, and died in 1839, in Mobile; grandson of Gen. Ethan Allen. He came to Alabama in 1817 and located in the Tombigbee settlement; began the practice of law; appointed in 1818, territorial secretary by Gov. William W. Bibb and at the same time formed a law partnership with William Crawford at St. Stephens; represented Washington County in the constitutional convention of 1819; elected attorney general, holding that office 1819-1823; returned to his practice; removed to Cahaba, later to Mobile; elected associate justice, in January, 1835, and chief justice, in 1836. In 1839 he was elected a member of the state house of representatives but died before it convened. Married: Miss Irwin, of Tennessee. Children: 1. son. Last residence: Mobile.

 

Authorities:
Owen, Thomas McAdory, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Spartanburg: The Reprint Company Publishers, 1978 (1921), III, 819.

 

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