A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Stephens, Alexander Hamilton

Stephens, Alexander Hamilton (b. Taliaferro County, Ga., 11 February 1812; d. Atlanta, Ga., 4 March 1883) A University of Georgia graduate (1832), Stephens opened a law office at Crawfordville. He entered Congress as a Whig in 1843, but became a Democrat in 1852. Although opposed to the Mexican War, he fought efforts to bar slavery from territories acquired by it until he left Congress in 1858. Elected CSA vice-president on 9 February 1861, he had a stormy relationship with Jefferson Davis. Ga. elected him to the Senate in 1866, but he was disqualified from taking his seat. He edited the Atlanta Southern Sun (1871–3), sat in Congress (1873–82), and won election as Ga. governor in 1882.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Stephens, Alexander Hamilton," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed February 7, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8NCDLAEJRJ2L42D.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Stephens, Alexander Hamilton." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 7 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8NCDLAEJRJ2L42D.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Stephens, Alexander Hamilton' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 7 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8NCDLAEJRJ2L42D.