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Office of the Secretary of State

History

The Office of the Secretary of State existed even before Alabama became a state. The first secretary of state, Henry Hitchcock (1818-19) served for the Alabama Territory. The secretary of state served a two-year term from the time Alabama became a state in 1819 until the Constitution of 1901 set the term at four years. Up until 1868, the secretary of state was elected by the legislature, but since that time has been selected by popular vote.

Below is a complete listing of the men and women who served as Alabama's secretary of state:

Secretary Year   Secretary Year
Henry Hitchcock 1818-1819   Frank N. Julian 1907-1910
Thomas A. Rodgers 1819-1821   Cyrus B. Brown 1910-1915
James J. Pleasants 1821-1824   John Purifoy 1915-1919
James I. Thornton 1824-1834   William Peyton Cobb 1919-1923
Edmund A. Webster 1834-1836   Sidney Herbert Blan 1923-1927
Thomas B. Tunstall 1836-1840   John Marvin Brandon 1927-1931
William Garrett 1840-1852   Pete Bryant Jarman, Jr. 1931-1935
Vincent M. Benham 1852-1856   David Howell Turner 1935-1939
James H. Weaver 1856-1860   John Marvin Brandon 1939-1943
Patrick H. Brittan 1860-1865   David Howell Turner 1943-1944
Albert S. Elmore 1865-1866   Sibyl Pool 1944-1951
David L. Dalton 1866-1867   Agnes Baggett 1951-1955
Micah Taul 1867-1868   Mary Texas Hurt Garner 1955-1959
Charles A. Miller 1868-1870   Bettye Frink 1959-1963
Jabez J. Parker 1870-1872   Agnes Baggett 1963-1967
Patrick Ragland 1872-1873   Mabel Sanders Amos 1967-1975
Neander H. Rice 1873-1874   Agnes Baggett 1975-1979
Rufus K. Boyd 1874-1878   Don Siegelman 1979-1987
William W. Screws 1878-1882   Glen Browder 1987-1989
Ellis Phelan 1882-1885   Fred Crawford 1989-1989
Charles C. Langdon 1885-1890   Perry A. Hand 1989-1991
Joseph D. Barron 1890-1894   Billy Joe Camp 1991-1993
James K. Jackson 1894-1898   Jim Bennett 1993-2003
Robert P. McDavid 1898-1903   Nancy L. Worley 2003-2007
J. Thomas Heflin 1903-1904   Beth Chapman 2007-2013
Edmund R. McDavid 1904-1907   Jim Bennett 2013-

 

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P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
Phone:  (334) 242-7200
Fax:  (334) 242-4993
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