ALEXANDER HAMILTON STEPHENS, vice-president of the southern confederacy, a former United States senator and
governor of Georgia, ranks among the great men of American history. He was born February 11, 1812, near Crawfordsville,
Georgia. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia, and admitted to the bar in 1834. In 1837 he made his debut
in political life as a member of the state house of representatives, and in 1841 declined the nomination for the
same office; but in 1842 he was chosen by the same constituency as state senator. Mr. Stephens was one of the promoters
of the Western and At!antic Railroad. In 1843 he was sent by his district to the national house of representatives,
which office he held for sixteen consecutive years. He was a member of the house during the passing of the Compromise
Bil!, and was one of its ah!est and most active supporters. The same year (1850) Mr. Stephens was a delegate to
the state convention that framed the celebrated Georgia Platform," and was also a delegate to the convention
that passed the ordinance of secession, though he bitterly opposed that bill by voice and vote, yet he readily
acquiesced in their decision after it received the votes of the majority of the convention. He was chosen vice-president
of the confederacy without opposition, and in he was the head of the commission sent by the south to the Hampton
Roads conference. He was arrested after the fall of the confederacy and was confined in Fort Warren as a prisoner
of state but was released on his own parole. Mr. Stephens was elected to the forty-third, forty-fourth, forty-fifth,
forty-sixth and forty-seventh congresses, with hardly more than nominal opposition. He was one of the Jeffersonian
school of American po!itics. He wrote a number of works, principal among which are: "Constitutional View of
the War between the States," and a "Compendium of the History of the United States." He was inaugurated
as governor of Georgia November 4th, 1882, but died March 4, 1883, before the completion of his term.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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