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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.
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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.