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Thomas Hill Watts

Thomas Hill Watts, American governor of Alabama, Confederate attorney general. member Alabama Legislature from Butler County, 1842, 44, 45, from Montgomery County, 1849; member Alabama Senate, 1853; member Alabama Secession Convention of 1861.

Background

  • Watts, Thomas Hill was born on January 3, 1819 in Alabama Territory. Son of John Hughes and Prudence (Hill) Watts.

  • Education

    • Graduated from the University Virginia, 1839.

    Career

    • 10 children. Admitted to Alabama bar, 1840. Member Alabama Legislature from Butler County, 1842, 44, 45, from Montgomery County, 1849. Member Alabama Senate, 1853.

      Leader Union forces in Alabama in campaign of 1860. Member Alabama Secession Convention of 1861. Organizer colonel 17th Alabama Regiment, 1861.

      Honorably discharged to become attorney general Confederacy, 1862. 16th governor Alabama, 1863-1865. Sent to Northern prison, 1865, received pardon from President Johnson, 1868.

      Resumed law practice, Montgomery, Alabama, circa 1868.

    Membership

    Member Alabama Legislature from Butler County, 1842, 44, 45, from Montgomery County, 1849. Member Alabama Senate, 1853. Member Alabama Secession Convention of 1861.

    Connections

    • Married Eliza Allen, January 10, 1842.
    • father: John Hughes Watts
    • mother: Prudence (Hill) Watts
    • spouse: Eliza Allen
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    Born January 3, 1819
    Died September 16, 1892
    (aged 73)
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