Tristram Benjamin Bethea

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Tristram Benjamin Bethea
BornApril 12, 1810 (1810-04-12)
DiedSeptember 6, 1876 (1876-09-07) (aged 66)
OccupationLawyer, Politician

Tristram Benjamin Bethea (April 12, 1810  September 6, 1876) was a prominent Alabama lawyer and politician. He was born in South Carolina, and moved to Alabama at an early age. He served several terms in the Alabama Legislature. [1]


Early life

Bethea was born on April 12, 1810, in Marion County, South Carolina. His paternal ancestors were early French Huguenot settlers of South Carolina. He came with his parents to Claiborne, Alabama during his childhood. His father died a premature death. As a consequence, he had a simple early education. He then read law under Arthur P. Bagby in Claiborne and later under C. M. Conrad in New Orleans. [1]


He moved to Wilcox County, Alabama in 1832, where he practiced law. He moved to Mobile, Alabama in 1850 and was elected to the Alabama Legislature from Mobile on the Democratic ticket three years later. In 1855, he was reelected to the state legislature, this time as representative of the Know-Nothing Party. He permanently moved to Montgomery County, Alabama shortly afterward. He died in Montgomery County on September 6, 1876. [1]

Personal life

Tristram Bethea married Eugenia Volanto Bethea of Wilcox County, Alabama. She was the daughter of David Bethea and Mary Ann Pledger. They had seven children: Mary Ann, Sarah Cornelia, Henry, Alfred, David, Theodore, and Andrew Jackson (A. J.) Bethea. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Owen, Thomas McAdory; Owen, Marie Bankhead (1921). History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 140.
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. April 15, 2008.