Morgan, John T. (b. 1824)
John T. Morgan, of Selma, was born at Athens, Tennessee, June 20, 1824; received an academic education, chiefly in Alabama, to which State he emigrated when nine years old, and has since resided there; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1845, and practised until his election to the Senate ; was a Presidential Elector in i860 for the State at large, and voted for Breckinridge and Lane; was a Delegate in 1861 from Dallas County to the State Convention which passed the ordinance of secession; joined the Confederate Army, in May, 1861, as a private in Company 1, Cahaba Rifles, and when that company was assigned to the Fifth Alabama Regiment, under Col. Robert E. Rodes, he was elected Major and afterward Lieutenant-Colonel of that regiment; was commissioned in 1862 as Colonel and raised the Fifty-first Alabama Regiment; was appointed Brigadier-General in 1863, and assigned to a brigade in Virginia, but resigned to rejoin his regiment, whose colonel had been killed in battle; later in 1863 he was again appointed Brigadier-General, and assigned to an Alabama brigade, which included his regiment; after the war, he resumed the practice of his profession at Selma; was chosen a Presidential Elector for the State at large in 1876, and voted for Tilden and Hendricks; was elected to the United States Senate as a Democrat, to succeed George Goldthwaite, Democrat; took his seat March 5, 1877, and was re-elected in 1882. His term of service will expire March 3, 1889.
1. U. S. Congressional Directory, Washington, D. C., 1886, page 5.
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