Robert Fulwood LIGON, Congress, AL (1823-1901)


LIGON, Robert Fulwood, a Representative from Alabama; born in Watkinsville, Oconee County, Ga., December 16, 1823; attended the country schools of his native county, the academy near Watkinsville, and the University of Georgia at Athens; moved to Athens, Ga., and later, in 1844, to Tuskegee, Ala.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Tuskegee; served in the Mexican War as a captain in the First Alabama Battalion; member of the State house of representatives in 1849 and 1850; served in the State senate 1861-1864; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as captain of Company F, Twelfth Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Rhodes’ division; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1872; Lieutenant Governor of Alabama in 1874; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878; continued the practice of law until 1884, when he retired from active practice and moved to Montgomery; engaged in banking and as a planter; served forty years as president of the board of trustees of the Alabama Female College; also a trustee of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn for many years; died in Montgomery, Ala., October 11, 1901; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present