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Benjamin Fitzpatrick, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Greene County, Georgia, United States
Death: Died in near Wetumpka, Elmore County, Alabama, United States
Place of Burial: Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. William Fitzpatrick, Georgia Legislator and Celia Ann Fitzpatrick
Husband of Sarah Terry FitzPatrick and Aurelia Rachel Fitzpatrick
Father of Phillips FitzPatrick; John Archer FitzPatrick; James Madison FitzPatrick; Sarah FitzPatrick; Bennett FitzPatrick and 3 others
Brother of Joseph Fitzpatrick; Phillips Fitzpatrick; Celia Anne Baldwin, aunt; Elizabeth "Betsy" Evans; Nancy Baldwin and 4 others

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About Gov. Benjamin Fitzpatrick, U.S. Senator

http://www.archives.state.al.us/govs_list/g_fitzpa.html

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

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/f/Fitzpatrick,Benjamin.html

Benjamin Fitzpatrick, son of William and Anne Phillips Fitzpatrick, was born 30 June 1802 in Greene County, Ga. In 1816,

he moved to Alabama, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1823.

He retired from the practice of law in 1827 due to ill health and became a successful planter on his estate "Oak Grove" in Autauga (now Elmore) County, a few miles from Montgomery.

In 1827, he married Sarah Terry Elmore (1807-1837), member of a prominent Alabama family, and became a brother-in-law by marriage to Dixon Hall Lewis (1802-1848), a powerful states rights advocate in Congress from 1829 to 1848. In 1840,

Fitzpatrick campaigned for Martin Van Buren, and was awarded with the Democratic Party's nomination for the governorship of Alabama.

He was elected in 1841, and served two terms.

In 1844, he retired once again to his Oak Grove plantation, but reentered politics when called upon to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Dixon Lewis, who died in 1848.

In 1853, he was once again appointed to fill a U.S. Senate seat, this time that of William Rufus DuVane King, and he was elected for a full term in 1855.

In 1860, he was nominated by the National Democratic Convention in Baltimore for vice-president on the Douglas ticket. He refused this nomination. He opposed secession, but supported the Confederate cause.

After the outbreak of the Civil War, he retired once more to Oak Grove, where he died on 21 November 1869.

Benjamin Fitzpatrick had several children with Sarah Elmore: Elmore Joseph, Phillips (1830-1901), Morris, James Madison, and John Archer. In 1837, Sarah died, and, in 1846, Fitzpatrick married Aurelia Rachel Blassingame. Their only surviving child was Benjamin Fitzpatrick Jr. (1854-1892).

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Gov. Benjamin Fitzpatrick, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1802
June 30, 1802
Greene County, Georgia, United States
1830
1830
Age 27
1836
1836
Age 33
1854
1854
Age 51
1869
November 25, 1869
Age 67
near Wetumpka, Elmore County, Alabama, United States
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