Forney, William Henry (b. 1823)
William Henry Forney, of Jacksonville, was born at Lincolnton, North Carolina, November 9, 1823; received a classical education, graduating at the University of Alabama in 1844; served in the war with Mexico as a First Lieutenant in the First Regiment of Alabama Volunteers; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1848, and has practised ever since; was elected by the Legislature of Alabama a Trustee of the University of Alabama, and served 1851-'60; was a member of the State House of Representatives of Alabama 1859-'60; entered the Confederate Army at the commencement of hostilities in 1861 as Captain, and was successively promoted Major, Lieutenant-Colonel, Colonel, and Brigadier-General; surrendered at Appomattox Court-House; was a member of the State Senate of Alabama 1865-'66, serving until the State was reconstructed; was elected to the Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, and Forty-eighth Congresses, and was re-elected to the Forty-ninth Congress as a Democrat, receiving 14,187 votes against 8,217 votes for Ewing, Republican.
1. U. S. Congressional Directory, Washington, D. C., 1886, page 7.
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