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Edmund Pettus

Born: Jul 6, 1821

Death: Jul 27, 1907

Birthplace: Athens

Nationality: United States

Edmund Pettus

Date of Birth : Jul 6, 1821
Date of Death : Jul 27, 1907
Birth Place : Athens

Edmund Winston Pettus was an American lawyer, soldier, and legislator. He served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War, during which he was captured three times. After the war he was a Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan and a Democratic U.S. Senator. The Edmund Pettus Bridge across the Alabama River in Selma, Alabama, was named in his honor, ironically later becoming a landmark of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

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