William Wyatt Bibb, Governor, U.S. Senator

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William Wyatt Bibb, Gov.

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Birthplace: Amelia County, Virginia
Death: Died in Elmore County, Alabama, United States
Place of Burial: Bibb Family Cemetery, Elmore County, AL
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Son of Capt. William Bibb and Sarah Smith Bibb
Husband of Mary Ann Bibb
Father of Mary William Scott and George Bailey Bibb
Brother of Thomas Bibb, Governor; Hon. Benajah S. Bibb; John Dandridge Bibb and Peyton Bibb, Rev.

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About William Wyatt Bibb, Gov.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wyatt_Bibb

William Wyatt Bibb (October 2, 1781 – July 10, 1820) was a United States Senator from Georgia and the first Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama. Bibb County, Alabama, and Bibb County, Georgia, are named for him.


He was a member of the Democratic-Republican political party. Bibb served as governor of the Alabama Territory from August 1817 to Dec. 1819, and as governor of the state of Alabama from Dec. 1819 to his death on July 10, 1820.


Early life


Bibb was born in Amelia County, Virginia, and later moved with his family to Georgia. After attending the College of William and Mary and the University of Pennsylvania, he was awarded an M.D. degree in 1801. He returned to Georgia and began practicing medicine in Petersburg. In 1803, he married Mary Freeman.


Politics in Georgia


Bibb's first office was as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1803 to 1805. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Ninth United States Congress to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas Spalding, and was reelected four times, serving until November 6, 1813. He was then elected to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of William H. Crawford and served until November 9, 1816.


Governor of Alabama


He was appointed the first governor of the Alabama Territory in 1817. Alabama became a state on December 14, 1819. Bibb was elected governor, defeating Marmaduke Williams. Bibb received 8,342 votes, while Williams got 7,140 votes.


Bibb's primary duties were establishing the state government. Huntsville was the first capital. (The capital was moved to Cahawba in 1820, Tuscaloosa in 1826, and Montgomery in 1846.)


Henry Hitchcock was elected the first Attorney General of Alabama, and Thomas A. Rogers was elected as the first Secretary of State of Alabama. The first session of the state legislature was held from October 25, 1819, to December 17, 1819. William R. King and John W. Walker were chosen as the first U.S. Senators.

Death


In 1820, Bibb suffered a fall from a horse. He died from internal injuries on July 10, 1820. His brother, Thomas Bibb, was president of the state senate at the time and completed the rest of his term.

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William Wyatt Bibb, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1781
October 2, 1781
Amelia County, Virginia
1803
February 10, 1803
Age 21
Elbert County, Georgia
1804
May 18, 1804
Age 22
Wilkes County, GA
1807
1807
- 1813
Age 25
Georgia House of Representatives
1809
March 8, 1809
Age 27
Autauga County, Alabama
1813
1813
- 1816
Age 31
United States Senator
1816
1816
- 1819
Age 34
First Territorial Governor of Alabama
1819
1819
- 1820
Age 37
First Governor of Alabama
1820
July 10, 1820
Age 38
Elmore County, Alabama, United States
July 1820
Age 38
Bibb Family Cemetery, Elmore County, AL