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Alabama Secretaries of State

Micah Taul

 

Secretary of State: 1867-1868

 

Micah Taul, Secretary of State, railroad commissioner, lawyer and planter, was born November 25, 1832, in Winchester, Tenn., and died February 13, 18873, at Mardisville; son of Micah and Mary (Hayter) Taul, the former born May 14, 1785, in Montgomery County, Md., about twelve miles north of Washington, D.C., and died in Talladega County, May 27, 1850, colonel of the Wayne County, Ky., volunteers in the War of 1812, his command joining Gen. Harrison on Lake Erie, September 11, 1812, being mustered out the following year, and in 1814 was elected to congress, representing his district one term, denying re-election; grandson of Arthur Thomas and Mary Anne (Johnson) Taul, the former a native of Bladensburgh, Md., born in 1749, the latter of Clarksburg, Md., born March 11, 1830, removing to Fayette County, Ky. In 1784 Mr. Taul read law with Col. A. S. Colyar, and entered into a partnership under the firm name of Colyar, Carter and Taul. Owing to poor health he gave up the practice of law and devoted himself to agriculture, residing through the growing season upon his plantation at Mardisville, near Talladega, and spending the winters in Montgomery.

 

He was secretary of the State Senate, 1856-57, and became Secretary of State during Governor Patton's administration, 1865-68. Upon the creation of a State railroad commisssion, he was named one of the three members, and served from that date until his death. He was a lieutenant in a cavalry company organized at Talladega; a Democrat; and a Mason.

 

Married: September 18, 1854, in Jackson County, to Louisiana Taul, daughter of Rev. Lewis and Sarah (Bradford) Roach, both natives of Virginia; granddaughter of Benjamin and Mary (McFarland) Bradford, the former was born February 15, 1775; great-granddaaughter of Benjamin and Mary (Blackburn) of Virginia, the ancestors of the former belonging to the McFarland clan of Scotland, a Revolutionary soldier, a member of the 3rd Virginia regiment, commanded by Lieut.-Colonel Heth. Children: 1. Marianne Bradford, m. John Marcus McClellan, deceased, Decatur, Ga.; 2. Charles Micah, m. Georgia Love, Birmingham. Last residence: Mardisville.

 

Authorities:
Owen, Thomas McAdory, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Spartanburg: The Reprint Company Publishers, 1978 (1921), IV, 1647.