|``The U.S. House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen''
(detail), Once A Week newspaper, 1891, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
HERBERT, Hilary Abner, a Representative from Alabama; born in Laurens, Laurens County, S.C., March 12,
1834; moved with his parents to Greenville, Butler County, Ala., in 1846; attended the University of
Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1853 and 1854 and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1855 and
1856; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Greenville, Ala.;
entered the Confederate service as captain of the Greenville Guards; promoted to the rank of colonel
of the Eighth Regiment, Alabama Infantry; disabled at the Battle of the Wilderness May 6, 1864;
resumed the practice of law in Greenville, Ala., until 1872, when he moved to Montgomery, Ala.;
elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4,
1877-March 3, 1893); chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-second
Congresses); served in the Cabinet of President Cleveland as Secretary of the Navy 1893-1897;
located in Washington, D.C., and practiced law until his death; died in Tampa, Fla., March 6, 1919;
interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.
BibliographyHammett, Hugh B. Hilary Abner Herbert: A
Southerner Returns to the Union. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1976;
Herbert, Hilary Abner. The Abolition Crusade and its Consequences; Four Periods of
American History. New York: Scribner's Sons, 1912.