Luke Pryor, Jr. (1820 - 1900)

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Birthplace: Madison Co, AL
Death: Died in Athens, AL
Occupation: Senator
Managed by: Shelley Chrystal Mactyre
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About Luke Pryor, Jr.

US Congressman, US Senator. Elected to represent Alabama's 8th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1883 to 1885. Also served as a Member of the Alabama State Legislature, and United States Senator from Alabama in 1880. -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Pryor

Luke Pryor (July 5, 1820 – August 5, 1900) was a U.S. senator from the state of Alabama. He was appointed to fill the Senate term left by the death of George S. Houston and served from January 7 to November 23, 1880, when a replacement was elected. Pryor was a Democrat. He is interred at City Cemetery in Athens, Alabama.


Birth and Parentage


Born 1820 in Alabama to parents Luke Pryor and Ann Batte Lane. His father's first marriage was to Martha Scott, a sister of General Winfield Scott. His brother was the noted race horse trainer John Benjamin Pryor of Natchez, Mississippi.


Life in Alabama


Pryor married Isabella Virginia Harris. They were the parents of 8 children all born in Alabama. Luke Pryor lived at the Sugar Creek Plantation, in Athens, Alabama for 40 years before his death. Pryor House, built in 1836, stands as a historic building in Limestone County, Alabama. Pryor studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1841. On the 1850 United States Census his occupation was recorded as "lawyer."


Luke Pryor was a slave owner. On the 1840 Census 6 free blacks under the age of 10 were recorded in his father's household, as well as 1 male slave child under 10 and an older female between the ages of 55 and 100. By 1850 Luke Pryor was recorded with 39 slaves between the ages of 70 years old and as young as 4 months, however in 1860 only two slaves were recorded in his household. The American Civil War did not begin until April 12, 1861 and slavery was not completely abolished until 1865 after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.

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Luke Pryor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1820
July 5, 1820
Madison Co, AL
1846
May 28, 1846
Age 25
1848
August 6, 1848
Age 28
Limestone, AL, USA
1850
September 27, 1850
Age 30
1857
December 1, 1857
Age 37
1859
1859
Age 38
1900
August 5, 1900
Age 80
Athens, AL
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