CLOPTON, David, (1820 - 1892)


Harper's Weekly, February 9, 1861, (detail), Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

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.