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COBB, James Edward (1835-1903)

COBB, JAMES EDWARD, a Representative from Alabama; born in Thomaston, Upson County, Ga., October 5, 1835; attended the public schools, and was graduated from Emory College, Oxford, Ga., in June 1856; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Texas in 1857; entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as lieutenant in Company F, Fifth Texas Regiment, and served in the Army of Northern Virginia until he was made prisoner at the Battle of Gettysburg; after his release settled in Tuskegee, Ala., and practiced law until 1874; circuit judge from 1874 to 1886; reelected in 1886, but before qualifying was elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1895); presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1895, to April 21, 1896, when he was succeeded by Albert T. Goodwyn, who contested his election; resumed the practice of law in Tuskegee, Macon County, Ala.; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1901; died in East Las Vegas, San Miguel County, N.Mex., June 2, 1903; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Tuskegee, Ala.

Auburn University
Auburn, AL
Papers: ca. 1808-1920, 2 cubic feet.
The papers of James E. Cobb primarily contain correspondence, legal, and financial accounts related to Cobb. Also included are clippings, land grants, journals, telegrams, and miscellaneous items, some relating to Cobb family members. A finding aid is available in the repository.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In the Cobb and Hunter Family Papers, 1819-1904, 157 items.
The papers include James E. Cobb's diary (1862-1864) as a Confederate officer and his letters from prison (1864-1865).

  • Goodwyn, Albert Thomas. Contested election case of Albert T. Goodwyn vs. James E. Cobb from the Fifth Congressional District of Alabama. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1895.