CS Con -Jemison, Robert Jr. - C.S. Senator, AL

Robert Jemison Jr.:
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Born: September 17, 1802
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Birthplace: Lincoln County Georgia
Father: William Jemison 1778 – 1829
(Buried: Jemison Family Cemetery Northport Alabama)
Mother: Sarah “Sally” Mims 1784 – 1826
(Buried: Jemison Family Cemetery Northport Alabama)

Wife: Priscilla Cherokee Taylor 1812 – 1886
(Buried: Jemison Family Cemetery Northport Alabama)

Children:
Cherokee Mims Jemison Hargrove 1838 – 1903
(Buried: Evergreen Cemetery Tuscaloosa Alabama)



Political Party: Whig Party and Democratic Party


Occupation before War:

1826 – 1836: Planter with his father in Pickens County Alabama
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1836 – 1861: Planter, Developed Mills, Stagecoach Lines in Tuscaloosa Alabama
Owner of six plantations owning over ten thousand Acres of land
1837 – 1863: Alabama State Representative
Recognized as an expert in banking and public finance
1847: Chairman of Ways and Means when Revenue system reorganized
Major Advocate of the construction of hospital for humane treatment of mentally ill.

Civil War Career:
Owner of six plantations owning over ten thousand Acres of land
1837 – 1863: Alabama State Representative and State Senator
1861: Delegate to Alabama State Secession Convention
Spoke one behalf of Unionists at the Alabama Secession Convention
Argued that Yancey’s rash demand for immediate separation would lead to the second region of terror.
1863: elected to fill the unfinished Senate term of William L. Yancey
In his parting speech to the Alabama Senate Jemison brough suspicion upon his loyalty by promising to seek an honorable peace.
1863 – 1865: Confederate States Senator from Alabama
1863 – 1864: Member of Senate Naval Affairs Committee
1864: Member of Senate Finance Committee
1864: Member of Senate Post Offices and Post Roads Committee
Seldom offered bill, amendment, or comment in the Senate
Jemison’s voting record indicated he would make few concessions to emergency.
He wished to extend the draft age from sixteen to sixty years old
He wanted to reduce exemption of the draft to a minimum
Jemison wanted new recruits under state control for local service
Jemison Opposed all further demands upon income and property or controls over transportation and production.
1864: He remained home after at June to salvage what he could of his interests.

Occupation after War:
Became a member of the Democratic Political Party
1865 – 1869: President of Northeast and Southwest Railroad


Died:
October 16, 1871
Place of Death: Tuscaloosa Alabama
Age at time of Death: 69 years old
Burial Place: Jemison Family Cemetery Northport Alabama



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