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David CLOPTON

(1820-1892)

CLOPTON, David, a Representative from Alabama; born in Putnam County, near Milledgeville, Ga., September 29, 1820; attended the county schools and Edenton (Ga.) Academy; was graduated from Randolph-Macon College, Boydton, Va., in 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Milledgeville, Ga.; moved to Tuskegee, Ala., in 1844, and continued the practice of his profession; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1859, to January 21, 1861, when he withdrew; during the Civil War enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army in the Twelfth Alabama Infantry for one year; elected as a Representative to the First and Second Confederate Congresses and served from 1862 to 1864; appointed judge of the supreme court of Alabama October 30, 1884, and served until his death; died in Montgomery, Ala., February 5, 1892; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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