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Dallas County
Alabama

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Dallas County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Selma Live Oak Cemetery
  • Selma Valley Creek Cemetery


    Private or family graveyards
    Dallas County, Alabama
    Politicians buried here:
      Samuel W. Oliver (1796-1838) — of Alabama. Born in Charlotte County, Va., June 8, 1796. Member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1821-28, 1831-36; member of Alabama state senate, 1836-37; candidate for Governor of Alabama, 1837. Died in Dallas County, Ala., January 18, 1838 (age 41 years, 224 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
    Politicians formerly buried here:
      William Rufus de Vane King (1786-1853) — also known as William R. King — of Cahaba, Dallas County, Ala.; Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born in Sampson County, N.C., April 7, 1786. Democrat. Member of North Carolina state legislature, 1807; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1811-16 (5th District 1811-13, at-large 1813-15, 5th District 1815-16); U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1819-44, 1848-52; U.S. Minister to France, 1844-46; Vice President of the United States, 1853; died in office 1853. Member, Freemasons. Took oath of office as Vice President in Havana, Cuba, where he had gone for his health; died the next month, at his plantation near Cahaba, Dallas County, Ala., April 18, 1853 (age 67 years, 11 days). Original interment at in a private or family graveyard; reinterment at Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Ala.
      Cross-reference: Samuel Sherman
      King County, Wash. is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier


    Live Oak Cemetery
    Selma, Dallas County, Alabama

    Politicians buried here:
      William Rufus de Vane King (1786-1853) — also known as William R. King — of Cahaba, Dallas County, Ala.; Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born in Sampson County, N.C., April 7, 1786. Democrat. Member of North Carolina state legislature, 1807; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1811-16 (5th District 1811-13, at-large 1813-15, 5th District 1815-16); U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1819-44, 1848-52; U.S. Minister to France, 1844-46; Vice President of the United States, 1853; died in office 1853. Member, Freemasons. Took oath of office as Vice President in Havana, Cuba, where he had gone for his health; died the next month, at his plantation near Cahaba, Dallas County, Ala., April 18, 1853 (age 67 years, 11 days). Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Dallas County, Ala.; reinterment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      Cross-reference: Samuel Sherman
      King County, Wash. is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
    John T. Morgan John Tyler Morgan (1824-1907) — also known as John T. Morgan — of Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born in Athens, McMinn County, Tenn., June 20, 1824. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1860, 1876; delegate to Alabama secession convention, 1861; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1876, 1900; U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1877-1907; died in office 1907. Southern Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died in Washington, D.C., June 11, 1907 (age 82 years, 356 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Washington Morgan (1788-1884) and Frances (Irby) Morgan (1795-1857); brother of Mary Catherine Morgan (1814-1845; who married William Parish Chilton (1810-1871)); married, February 11, 1846, to Cornelia G. Willis (1827-1894); granduncle of Arthur Bounds Chilton.
      Political family: Chilton family of Missouri.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Men of Mark in America (1906)
      Edmund Winston Pettus (1821-1907) — also known as Edmund W. Pettus — of Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born in Limestone County, Ala., July 6, 1821. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; circuit judge in Alabama, 1855-58; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892; U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1897-1907; died in office 1907. Member, Ku Klux Klan. Died in Hot Springs, Madison County, N.C., July 27, 1907 (age 86 years, 21 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of John Jones Pettus (1813-1867); married, June 27, 1844, to Mary S. Chapman.
      The Edmund Pettus Bridge (opened 1940), which takes U.S. Route 80 Business over the Alabama River at Selma, Alabama, is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      Samuel Francis Hobbs (1887-1952) — also known as Sam Hobbs — of Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., October 5, 1887. Democrat. State court judge in Alabama, 1921-26; U.S. Representative from Alabama 4th District, 1935-51. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died May 31, 1952 (age 64 years, 239 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      George Henry Craig (1845-1923) — also known as George H. Craig — of Alabama. Born in Cahaba, Dallas County, Ala., December 25, 1845. Republican. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, 1885; U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, 1885; U.S. Representative from Alabama 4th District, 1885. Died in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., January 26, 1923 (age 77 years, 32 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Benjamin Sterling Turner (1825-1894) — also known as Ben Turner — of Alabama. Born in slavery near Weldon, Halifax County, N.C., March 17, 1825. Republican. U.S. Representative from Alabama 1st District, 1871-73; defeated, 1872; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1880. African ancestry. Died in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., March 21, 1894 (age 69 years, 4 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      William Benjamin Craig (1877-1925) — also known as William B. Craig — of Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., November 2, 1877. Democrat. Member of Alabama state legislature, 1900; U.S. Representative from Alabama 4th District, 1907-11; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1912. Died in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., November 27, 1925 (age 48 years, 25 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      N. H. R. Dawson — of Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1860; Speaker of the Alabama State House of Representatives, 1880. Episcopalian. Interment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Elodie Breck Todd (half-sister-in-law of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)).
      Political families: Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia; Lincoln-Lee family; Edwards-Cook family of Illinois and Nebraska; Pendleton-Lee family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Hugh Shepperd Darby Mallory (1848-1920) — also known as H. S. D. Mallory — of Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born in Talladega County, Ala., February 6, 1848. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Selma, Ala., 1885-87; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1912. Baptist. Scottish, English, and Welsh ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Honor; Odd Fellows. Died in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., March 10, 1920 (age 72 years, 33 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of James Mallory and Ann Maria (Darby) Mallory; married, October 15, 1872, to Jacqueline Louisa Billingslea.
    Other politicians who have monuments here:
      Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) — also known as "Wizard of the Saddle" — of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born near Chapel Hill, Bedford County (now Marshall County), Tenn., July 13, 1821. Democrat. Cotton planter; slave trader; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; in April 1864, after the Battle of Fort Pillow, Tennessee, Confederate troops under his command massacred African-American Union soldiers, not accepting them as prisoners, since the Confederacy refused to recognize ex-slaves as legitimate combatants; this event, seen as a war crime, sparked outrage across the North, and a congressional inquiry; in 1867, he became involved in the Ku Klux Klan and was elected Grand Wizard; the organization used violent tactics to intimidate Black voters and suppress their votes; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1868; in 1869, he had a change of heart, and issued a letter ordering that the Klan be dissolved and its costumes destroyed; he went on to denounce the group and its crimes; in 1875, he gave a "friendly speech" to a meeting of an African-American organization in Memphis, calling for peace, harmony, and economic advancement of former slaves; for this speech, he was vehemently denounced in the Southern press. English ancestry. Member, Ku Klux Klan. After his death, he became a folk hero among white Southerners, particularly during the imposition of Jim Crow segregation laws in the early 20th century, and later, in reaction to the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Died, from complications of diabetes, in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., October 29, 1877 (age 56 years, 108 days). Original interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.; reinterment in 1904 at Health Sciences Park, Memphis, Tenn.; memorial monument at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Ga.; memorial monument at Live Oak Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William B. Forrest (1801-1837) and Miriam (Beck) Forrest (1802-1867); married 1845 to Mary Ann Montgomery (1826-1893).
      Forrest County, Miss. is named for him.
      The city of Forrest City, Arkansas, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Nathan B. Forrest (built 1943, scrapped 1973) was named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Valley Creek Cemetery
    Selma, Dallas County, Alabama
    Politicians buried here:
      Thomas Kenan (1771-1843) — of Kenansville, Duplin County, N.C. Born in Kenansville, Duplin County, N.C., February 26, 1771. Democrat. Member of North Carolina state legislature, 1799; member of North Carolina state senate, 1804; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1805-11 (at-large 1805-07, 5th District 1807-09, at-large 1809-11); member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1810. Died October 22, 1843 (age 72 years, 238 days). Interment at Valley Creek Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


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