Robert Jemison, Jr., 1802-1871

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Title

Robert Jemison, Jr., 1802-1871

Subject

Lawyers
Businessmen
Civic leaders

Description

Robert Jemison, Jr. was one of the most prominent, wealthy and powerful citizens in Alabama and in Tuscaloosa’s early days of development. More than just a plantation and land owner, Jemison was a lawyer, politician, industrialist, civic leader and exceptional individual in many aspects of life.

Robert Jemison first came to Tuscaloosa in 1822 at the age of twenty. Early accounts show that he was born in about 1802 in Lincoln County, Georgia. Except for some time spent in Pickens County, Jemison made Tuscaloosa his permanent home after 1836.

Between 1840 and 1850, he served seven years in the Alabama House of Representatives, and served in the state Senate from 1851 until 1863. Among his achievements as a legislator was putting the state’s finances in order after the failure of the State Bank. While serving as a State Senator, Jemison led the way to the establishment and later development of Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa.

In 2005, he was inducted posthumously into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

http://www.tuscaloosachamber.com/the-chamber/hall-of-fame-new

Source

Tuscaloosa News Archive
Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Contributor

Elizabeth Bradt (Description)

Type

Painting

Identifier

255

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Original Format

Painting

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