The Road to Civil War

James L. Pugh

(12 December, 1820 — 9 March, 1907) Pugh was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Burke County, Ga., Pugh moved with his family to Alabama in 1824. Pugh was admitted to the bar in 1841 and was a Democratic presidential elector in 1848, 1856, and 1876. Pugh was elected to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from March 4th, 1859 to January 21st, 1861. After withdrawing, Pugh joined the Eufaula Rifles, First Alabama Regiment, as a private. After being elected to the Confederate Congress in 1861 and later reelected in 1863, Pugh subsequently served as a member of the Alabama State Constitutional Convention in 1875. Pugh was later elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy after the death of George S. Houston and was reelcted in 1884 and 1890 serving from November 24th, 1880 to March 3rd, 1897. After retirement, Pugh resided in Washington D.C. until his death in 1907. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

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