|Harper's Weekly, February 9, 1861, (detail), Collection of U.S.
House of Representatives
COBB, Williamson Robert Winfield, a Representative from Alabama; born in Rhea County, Tenn., June 8,
1807; moved in 1809 to Bellefontaine, Madison County, Ala., with his father,
who settled on a plantation and engaged in the raising of cotton; received a
limited education; was a clock peddler for a short time and subsequently
entered the mercantile business in Bellefontaine; member of the State house of
representatives in 1845 and 1846; located on a plantation in Madison County and
engaged in cotton raising; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth and to the
six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1847, to January 30, 1861,
when he withdrew; chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business
(Thirty-first through Thirty-third Congresses), Committee on Public Lands
(Thirty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for election to the Confederate
House of Representatives in 1861; resumed agricultural pursuits in Madison
County; elected in 1863 to the Confederate House of Representatives, but did
not take his seat when the new Congress met, whereupon his fidelity was
suspected and subsequently he was expelled by a unanimous vote; was killed by
the accidental discharge of his own pistol while putting up a fence on his
plantation near Bellefontaine, Ala., November 1, 1864; interment in the plot of
the Cobb family estate near Cobb's Bridge in Madison County, Ala.
BibliographyAtkins, Leah. Williamson R.W. Cobb and the Graduation Act of
The Alabama Review 28 (January 1975): 16-31.