|Harper's Weekly, February 9, 1861, (detail), Collection of U.S.
House of Representatives
CURRY, Jabez Lamar Monroe, a Representative from Alabama; born near Double Branches, Lincoln
County, Ga., June 5, 1825; moved with his father to Talladega County, Ala., in
1838; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1843; studied
law at Harvard University; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in
Talladega County in 1845; served in the war with Mexico as a private in the
Texas Rangers in 1846, but resigned because of ill health; member of the State
house of representatives in 1847, 1853, and 1855; elected as a Democrat to the
Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, to
January 21, 1861, when he withdrew; deputy from Alabama to the Provisional
Confederate Congress and a Representative in the First Confederate Congress;
during the Civil War served as lieutenant colonel of Cavalry in the Confederate
Army; after the war became a Baptist preacher; chosen president of Howard
College, Alabama, in 1865; professor in Richmond College, Virginia, 1868-1881;
agent of the Peabody and States Funds from 1881 until his death; appointed
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain on October 7, 1885,
and served until August 6, 1888, when he resigned; appointed Ambassador
Extraordinary on special mission to Spain (the coming of age of the King)
February 3, 1902; died in Victoria, near Asheville, N.C., February 12, 1903;
interment in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
BibliographyAlderman, Edwin A., and Armistead Gordon.
J.L.M. Curry: A Biography. New York: The Macmillan Company,