Benjamin Fitzpatrick

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(30 June, 1802 — 21 November, 1869) Fitzpatrick was an American lawyer, politician, and plantation owner. Fitzpatrick was born orphaned in Greene County, Ga. Taken by his brother to Alabama in 1815, Fitzpatrick studied law and was admitted to the mar in 1821. After moving to his plantation in Autauga County in 1829, Fitzpatrick served as Governor of Alabama from 1841 to 1845. Fitzpatrick was appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy after the death of Dixon H. Lewis, serving from November 25th, 1848 to November 30th, 1849. Later, Fitzpatrick was again appointed and elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill another vacancy after the resignation of William R. King serving from January 14th, 1853 to March 3rd, 1855. After a failure of the legislature to elect, Fitzpatrick served from November 26th, 1855 to February 4th, 1861 when he withdrew. Fitzpatrick served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses and was nominated for Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with Stephen A. Douglas in 1860. Fitzpatrick served as President of the Constitutional Convention of Alabama in 1865 and died on his plantation in 1869. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

Member of Alabama Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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