(1817-95) A lawyer by occupation, he was a presidential elector in 1856, supporting Millard Fillmore, and in 1860, supporting Stephen A. Douglas. He served in the Alabama State Legislature in 1859, and in 1863. Parsons was appointed Provisional Governor of Alabama, June 21, 1865, by President Andrew Johnson. His first action was to reinstate the laws of 1861, except those relating to slavery, and he ordered the election of delegates to a Constitutional Convention, that was held on September 12, 1865. Among their actions, the convention repealed the ordinance of secession, renounced the state's war debts, abolished slavery, and scheduled elections to choose state officials and representatives to Congress. He attempted to purchase the panhandle of Florida for Alabama which sparked rumors that he had access to lost Confederate gold from the war. Parson's term as governor ended on December 13, 1865. He was elected to the U.S. Senate, but the Republican Party refused to seat him. Instead he served as U.S. District Attorney for northern Alabama.
Signature With Sentiment: 4 1/2 x 2, in ink, I have the honor to be Your obt. servt., Lewis E. Parsons. Excellent.