Alexander Hamilton Stephens

U.S. Congressman

Jefferson Davis's Vice President Alexander Hamilton Stephens, who served as Vice President of the Confederacy, was born on February 11, 1812, in Taliaferro County, Georgia. He received a college education at the University of Georgia at Athens, where he graduated in 1832. In 1834, Stephens passed the bar and entered the world of law. A couple of years later, politics called, and he was elected to the Georgia House of Representative, serving from 1836-1842, when he was elected to the Georgia State Senate. His next big move came in 1843 when he was chosen to finish the term of a U. S. Congressman who had resigned his seat in the 28th Congress. He continued to be elected to the House and served as a representative until 1859.


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