CLEMENS, Jeremiah (1814-1865)
Senate Years of Service: 1849-1853

CLEMENS, JEREMIAH, a Senator from Alabama; born in Huntsville, Ala., December 28, 1814; attended La Grange College and was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1833; studied law at Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.; was admitted to the bar in 1834 and practiced in Huntsville; appointed United States district attorney for the northern district of Alabama in 1838; member, State house of representatives 1839-1841; raised a company of riflemen in 1842 and served in the Texas War of Independence; member, State house of representatives 1843-1844; served in the United States Army during the Mexican War, attained the rank of lieutenant colonel; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Dixon H. Lewis and served from November 30, 1849, to March 3, 1853; novelist; moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1858 and became editor of the Memphis Eagle and Enquirer in 1859; returned to Alabama; delegate to the convention in 1861 in which Alabama voted to secede from the Union; held office under the Confederacy, but became a strong Union supporter in 1864; died in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., May 21, 1865; interment in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1842-1860. 2 folders. Letters that were published in newspapers.
Papers: Correspondence in the Alabama governor administrative files, 1849-1853; Alabama governor military correspondence, 1860-1861; William Lowndes Yancey papers, 1834-1941; and S.A.M. Woods papers, 1814-1969.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1857. 1 letter.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 10 letters by and 2 to Clemens (1864-1865) in various collections. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Letter relating to Aaron Burr in the Edwards family papers, 1805-1874.

  • Clemens, Jeremiah. Bernard Lile: An Historical Romance. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856.
  • ___. Mustang Gray: A Romance. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1858.
  • ___. The Rivals: A Tale of the Times of Aaron Burr, and Alexander Hamilton. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1860.
  • Hettle, Wallace T. "Curing the 'Sir Walter Disease': The Politics and Fiction of Jeremiah Clemens." Alabama Review 52 (July 1999): 163-91.
  • Martin, John M. "The Senatorial Career of Jeremiah Clemens, 1849-1853.'' Alabama Historical Quarterly 43 (Fall 1981): 186-235.
  • Watson, Elbert L. "Jeremiah Clemens.'' In Alabama United States Senators, pp. 52-56. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.