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Francis Strother Lyon

Francis Strother Lyon
Black and white daguerreotype of Francis Strother Lyon
Antebellum daguerreotype of Francis Strother Lyon
Born (1800-02-25)February 25, 1800
Stokes County, North Carolina
Died December 31, 1882(1882-12-31) (aged 82)
Marengo County, Alabama
Occupation Attorney, Planter, Politician

Francis Strother Lyon (February 25, 1800 – December 31, 1882) was a prominent Alabama attorney and politician. He served two terms in the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War after being an antebellum member of the United States Congress.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Civil War 2
  • Postbellum 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Lyon was born in Bluff Hall in Demopolis, with a country estate nearby at Bermuda Hill.[1] Lyon was secretary of the State Senate from 1822 to 1830, and then served in the Alabama State Senate from 1833 to 1834. He represented Alabama's Fifth District in the United States House of Representatives from 1835 to 1839. From 1845 to 1853, Lyon served as a commissioner in charge of administering the bankrupt state banking system.

Civil War

At the start of the Civil War, he served in the Alabama State House of Representatives in 1861. Lyon then represented Alabama in the First Confederate Congress and the Second Confederate Congress from 1862 to 1865.

Postbellum

Following the collapse of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865, Lyon eventually returned home and resumed his legal career. He was elected as a delegate to the 1875 Alabama constitutional convention and was elected to the State Senate again in 1876. Lyon died in Demopolis, Alabama, and was buried there in Riverside Cemetery's Glover Mausoleum.

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Murphy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th congressional district

1835-1839
Succeeded by
James Dellet
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