HERNDON, Thomas Hord (1828-1883)

HERNDON, THOMAS HORD, a Representative from Alabama; born in Erie, Greene (now Hale) County, Ala., July 1, 1828; attended a private school; was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1847; attended the law school of Harvard University in 1848; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Eutaw, Ala.; editor of the Eutaw Democrat in 1850; moved to Mobile, Ala., in 1853 and resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1857 and 1858; trustee of the University of Alabama in 1858 and 1859; returned to Greene County in 1859; member of the State secession convention in 1861; during the Civil War served as major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the Thirty-sixth Regiment, Alabama Infantry, in the Confederate Army and was wounded twice in battle; again moved to Mobile and resumed the practice of his profession; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Alabama in 1872; member of the State constitutional convention which met September 6, 1875; member of the State house of representatives in 1876 and 1877; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, and Forty-eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1879, until his death in Mobile, Ala., March 28, 1883, before the convening of the Forty-eighth Congress; interment in Magnolia Cemetery.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1882, 1 item.
An address made by Thomas H. Herndon on November 1, 1882 at the home of R. P. Deshon in Mobile, Alabama. The speech outlines Thomas Herndon's recent illness and its effect on his campaign for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives against Republican candidate Luther R. Smith. Thomas Herndon also urges Democrats to unite against Republicans and blacks and answers accusations that he wishes to deny foreigners the right to vote.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
Manuscripts Department
Chapel Hill, NC
Scrapbook: In the Southern Historical Collection, 1855-1884, 25 items.
A scrapbook containing clippings relating to Thomas Hord Herndon. The scrapbook also contains telegrams and materials relating to Thomas Herndon, chiefly from 1855. All or part of this collection is also available on microfilm in the Davis Microforms Collection. A finding aid is available in the repository and online: http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/h/Herndon,Thomas_H.html.