PoliticalGraveyard.com
The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Ligon-Clay-Clopton family of Montgomery and Tuskegee, Alabama

Note: This is just one of 1,162 family groupings listed on The Political Graveyard web site. These families each have three or more politician members, all linked together by blood, marriage or adoption.

This specific family group is a subset of the much larger Three Thousand Related Politicians group. An individual may be listed with more than one subset.

These groupings — even the names of the groupings, and the areas of main activity — are the result of a computer algorithm working with the data I have, not the choices of any historian or genealogist.

  Clement Claiborne Clay Jr. (1816-1882) — of Huntsville, Madison County, Ala. Born in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., December 13, 1816. Democrat. Member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1842; state court judge in Alabama, 1846; U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1853-61; Senator from Alabama in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64. Suspected of conspiring with other Confederates to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, he was imprisoned for nearly a year after the war. Slaveowner. Died near Gurley, Madison County, Ala., January 3, 1882 (age 65 years, 21 days). Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Clement Comer Clay; married, February 1, 1843, to Virginia Caroline Tunstall (1825-1915; who later married David Clopton (1820-1892)); second cousin twice removed of Matthew Clay (1754-1815) and Green Clay; third cousin once removed of Henry Clay (1777-1852), Porter Clay, Matthew Clay (c.1795-1827), Brutus Junius Clay (1808-1878) and Cassius Marcellus Clay; fourth cousin of Thomas Hart Clay, James Brown Clay and Brutus Junius Clay (1847-1932); fourth cousin once removed of Henry Clay (1849-1884).
  Political families: Clay family of Kentucky; Ligon-Clay-Clopton family of Montgomery and Tuskegee, Alabama (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on Confederate States $1 notes in 1862-64.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  David Clopton (1820-1892) — of Tuskegee, Macon County, Ala. Born near Milledgeville, Putnam County, Ga., September 29, 1820. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1859-61; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Representative from Alabama in the Confederate Congress 7th District, 1862-65; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1878; associate justice of Alabama state supreme court, 1884-92; died in office 1892. Slaveowner. Died in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., February 5, 1892 (age 71 years, 129 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Alford Clopton (1787-1870) and Sarah (Kendrick) Clopton (1791-1851); married to Martha E. Ligon (1827-1867; sister of Robert Fulwood Ligon (1823-1901)); married, June 1, 1871, to Mary F. (Threewits) Chambers (1835-1855); married, November 29, 1887, to Virginia (Tunstall) Clay (1825-1915; widow of Clement Claiborne Clay Jr.).
  Political family: Ligon-Clay-Clopton family of Montgomery and Tuskegee, Alabama (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Fulwood Ligon (1823-1901) — of Tuskegee, Macon County, Ala.; Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Watkinsville, Oconee County, Ga., December 16, 1823. Democrat. Lawyer; planter; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1849; member of Alabama state senate, 1861; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; candidate for Governor of Alabama, 1872; Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, 1874-76; U.S. Representative from Alabama 5th District, 1877-79. Methodist. French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Slaveowner. Died in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., October 11, 1901 (age 77 years, 299 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Ligon (1793-1828) and Wilhelmina (Fulwood) Ligon; brother of Martha Ligon (who married David Clopton); married 1850 to Emily Paine; father of Robert Fulwood Ligon Jr. (born1864).
  Political family: Ligon-Clay-Clopton family of Montgomery and Tuskegee, Alabama (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert Fulwood Ligon Jr. (b. 1864) — also known as R. F. Ligon — of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Tuskegee, Macon County, Ala., September 24, 1864. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor, Tuskegee, Ala., 1886-88; Adjutant General of Alabama, 1896-99; clerk of Alabama Supreme Court, 1899-1916; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1912. Methodist. French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Phi Delta Theta. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Fulwood Ligon (1823-1901) and Emily (Paine) Ligon; married, January 31, 1895, to Aileen Means.
  Political family: Ligon-Clay-Clopton family of Montgomery and Tuskegee, Alabama (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
"Enjoy the hospitable entertainment of a political graveyard."
Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872
The Political Graveyard

The Political Graveyard is a web site about U.S. political history and cemeteries. Founded in 1996, it is the Internet's most comprehensive free source for American political biography, listing 315,917 politicians, living and dead.
 
  The coverage of this site includes (1) the President, Vice President, members of Congress, elected state and territorial officeholders in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories; and the chief elected official, typically the mayor, of qualifying municipalities; (2) candidates at election, including primaries, for any of the above; (3) all federal judges and all state appellate judges; (4) certain federal officials, including the federal cabinet, diplomatic chiefs of mission, consuls, U.S. district attorneys, collectors of customs and internal revenue, members of major federal commissions; and political appointee (pre-1971) postmasters of qualifying communities; (5) state and national political party officials, including delegates, alternate delegates, and other participants in national party nominating conventions. Note: municipalities or communities "qualify", for TPG purposes, if they have at least half a million person-years of history, inclusive of predecessor, successor, and merged entities.  
  The listings are incomplete; development of the database is a continually ongoing project.  
  Information on this page — and on all other pages of this site — is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. Users are advised to check with other sources before relying on any information here.  
  The official URL for this page is: https://politicalgraveyard.com/families/10001-0670.html.  
  Links to this or any other Political Graveyard page are welcome, but specific page addresses may sometimes change as the site develops.  
  If you are searching for a specific named individual, try the alphabetical index of politicians.  
  More information: FAQ; privacy policy; cemetery links.  
  If you find any error or omission in The Political Graveyard, or if you have information to share, please see the biographical checklist and submission guidelines.  
Copyright notices: (1) Facts are not subject to copyright; see Feist v. Rural Telephone. (2) Politician portraits displayed on this site are 70-pixel-wide monochrome thumbnail images, which I believe to constitute fair use under applicable copyright law. Where possible, each image is linked to its online source. However, requests from owners of copyrighted images to delete them from this site are honored. (3) Original material, programming, selection and arrangement are © 1996-2019 Lawrence Kestenbaum. (4) This work is also licensed for free non-commercial re-use, with attribution, under a Creative Commons License.
Site information: The Political Graveyard is created and maintained by Lawrence Kestenbaum, who is solely responsible for its structure and content. — The mailing address is The Political Graveyard, P.O. Box 2563, Ann Arbor MI 48106. — This site is hosted by HDL. — The Political Graveyard opened on July 1, 1996; the last full revision was done on May 10, 2022.

Creative 
Commons License Follow polgraveyard on Twitter [Amazon.com]