Governor of Alabama
United States Congressman from Alabama
(1792-1859) Born in Sumter District, South Carolina, he graduated from South Carolina College in Columbia in 1813, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced a practice in Mobile, Alabama. He served as a member of the Alabama State House of Representatives, from 1822-23, and as Judge of the Alabama Supreme Court, 1823-28. Going back to the Alabama State House of Representatives, in 1829, he served in that body as speaker of the house. He was the 7th Governor of Alabama, serving from 1831-35, and a U.S. Congressman, from 1847-49, being the chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims. Appointed Judge of the Alabama District Court in 1849, he served until his death in 1859. He is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama.
Signature with city: 4 1/8 x 1/2, in ink, John Gayle, Mobile.