James L. Pugh, of Eufaula, was born in Burke County, Georgia, December 12, 1820; received an academic education in Alabama and Georgia; came to Alabama when four years old, where he has since resided; was licensed to practise law in 1841, and was so employed when elected to the Senate; was Taylor Elector in 1848, Buchanan Elector in 1856, and State Elector for Tilden in 1876; was elected to Congress, without opposition, in 1859; retired from the Thirty-sixth Congress when Alabama ordained to secede from the Union ; joined the Eufaula Rifles, in the First Alabama Regiment, as a private ; was elected to the Confederate Congress in 1861, and re-elected in 1863; after the war, resumed the practice of the law; was President of the State Convention of the Democratic party in 1874; was member of the Convention that framed the State Constitution of 1875 ; was elected-to the Senate as a Democrat, to fill the balance of the term made vacant by the death of George S. Houston. Took his seat December 6, 1880, and was re-elected in 1884. His term of office will expire March 3, 1891.
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