PETTUS, Edmund Winston (1821-1907)
Senate Years of Service: 1897-1907

PETTUS, EDMUND WINSTON, a Senator from Alabama; born in Limestone County, Ala., July 6, 1821; attended the common schools of Alabama and Clinton College in Smith County, Tenn.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Gainesville, Ala.; elected solicitor for the seventh circuit in 1844; served as a lieutenant in the Mexican War; again solicitor 1853-1855; elected judge of the seventh circuit in 1855 but resigned in 1858 and moved to Dallas County; resumed the practice of law; served as envoy from Alabama to Mississippi during the formation of the Southern Confederacy; entered the Confederate Army as major in 1861; was made a brigadier general of Infantry in 1863 and served until the close of the Civil War; returned to Selma, Ala., and practiced law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1897; reelected in 1903 and served from March 4, 1897, until his death at Hot Springs, Madison County, N.C., July 27, 1907; interment in Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Ala.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1745-1947. 15 folders. Personal and political correspondence, wills, deeds, speeches, family papers, business records, scrapbook, photographs, portrait, and memorabilia relating to his expedition to California in 1849 in search of gold, service in the Mexican War and as a Confederate officer, and terms in the U.S. Senate. Includes correspondence of his wife, Mary S. (Chapman) Pettus with family members describing life and duties of a congressional wife in Washington, DC. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence (1892) in Dallas County political scrapbook, [186-]-[189-]; Thomas Goode Jones papers, 1861-1914; State Democratic Executive Committee of Alabama records, 1875-1986; William B. Bankhead papers, 1875-1952; Joseph F. Johnston papers, 1847-1926; Alabama Governor administrative files, 1857-1861, and military correspondence, 1860-1861; Wheeler family papers, 1809-1943; and in Alabama State Bar Association photograph collection, 1879-1915.

University of Alabama
W.S. Hoole Special Collections
Tuscaloosa, AL
Papers: In United Daughters of the Confederacy, Alabama Division files, 1938-1957.

  • U.S. Congress. John Tyler Morgan and Edmund Winston Pettus (Late Senators from Alabama). 60th Congress, 1st sess., 1907-1908. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1909.
  • Watson, Elbert L. "Edmund Winston Pettus.'' In Alabama United States Senators, pp. 91-94. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.