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Robert Jemison, Jr.

Born: Sep 17, 1802

Death: Oct 16, 1871

Birthplace: Lincoln County

Nationality: United States

Robert Jemison, Jr.

Date of Birth : Sep 17, 1802
Date of Death : Oct 16, 1871
Birth Place : Lincoln County

Robert Jemison, Jr. was a Civil War era politician who voted against the secession of Alabama and later became the state's Confederate senator from 1863–1865.He also served in the two houses of the Alabama General Assembly from 1837 until 1863. He used the Jr. behind his name to distinguish himself from an uncle of the same name. Jemison owned multiple businesses, running a stagecoach line, toll roads, toll bridges, grist mills, sawmills, turnpikes, stables, a hotel, and plank roads. He owned six plantations in western Alabama, totaling 10,000 acres. The largest was his 4,000-acre Cherokee Place plantation in what is now Northport, where he resided before building his townhouse, the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, across the river in Tuscaloosa. Although against the secession of Alabama, he went on to the serve the Confederacy during the American Civil War and lost most of his monetary assets. One of his businesses was the Tuscaloosa Bridge Company. It built two of the first covered bridges across the Black Warrior River. He and Horace King, a skilled multiracial slave from Russell County, became good friends when Jemison hired him to build bridges in eastern Mississippi.

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