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John GAYLE

(1792-1859)

GAYLE, John, a Representative from Alabama; born in Sumter District, S.C., September 11, 1792; pursued classical studies and was graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1813; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Mobile, Ala., in 1818; member of the Territorial council in 1817; solicitor of the first judicial district in 1819; member of the State house of representatives in 1822 and 1823; judge of the State supreme court 1823-1828; member and speaker of the State house of representatives in 1829; Governor of Alabama 1831-1835; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirtieth Congress); appointed United States district judge of Alabama on March 13, 1849; died near Mobile, Ala., July 21, 1859; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Ala.

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

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