|Engraving, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
YANCEY, William Lowndes, (uncle of Joseph Haynsworth Earle),
a Representative from Alabama; born at the Falls of the Ogeechee,
Warren County, Ga., August 10, 1814; attended preparatory school and Williams
College, Williamstown, Mass.; studied law in Sparta, Ga., was admitted to the
bar in 1834 and commenced practice in Greenville, S.C.; moved to Cahawba, Ala.,
in 1836; temporarily abandoned the practice of law and became a cotton planter;
editor of the Cahawba Democrat and the Cahawba Gazette; moved to Wetumpka,
Ala., in 1839 and resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of
representatives in 1841; served in the State senate in 1843; elected as a
Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the
resignation of Dixon H. Lewis; reelected to the Twenty-ninth Congress and
served from December 2, 1844, to September 1, 1846, when he resigned; moved to
Montgomery, Ala., in 1846; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in
1848, 1856, and 1860; member of the State constitutional convention which
convened in Montgomery January 7, 1861; appointed chairman of the commission
sent to Europe in 1861 to present the Confederate cause to the Governments of
England and France; elected to the first Confederate States Senate February 21,
1862; died at his plantation home, near Mongtomery, Ala., July 26, 1863;
interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
BibliographyWalther, Eric H.
William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War. Chapel
Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.;Draughon, Ralph Brown, Jr.
William Lowndes Yancey: From Unionist to Secessionist 1814-1852. Ph.D.
diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1968.