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Abram Mordecai / Mordecai's Cotton Gin

 
 
Abram Mordecai (1755-1849) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 19, 2014
1. Abram Mordecai (1755-1849) Marker
Inscription.
Side 1
Abram Mordecai
1755-1849

Born October 24, 1755 in Pennsylvania; settled 1783 in Georgia where he became a successful trader among the Cusseta Indians. First U.S. citizen to settle (1785) in what became Montgomery County. Living and marrying among the Creeks, he established a trading house for skins, furs, and medicinal barks two miles from Line Creek. Alabama historian A.J. Pickett visited him in Dudleyville in 1847. Fiercely independent to the end, he died and was buried there two years later.
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Side 2
Mordecai's Cotton Gin
Alabama's First

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In 1785, Abram Mordecai, a Jewish veteran of the Revolutionary War, settled in this area which was still Indian country. On the Alabama River near here in 1802, he installed a cotton gin manufactured by Lyons & Barnett of Georgia. Until Indians burned his equipment, he ginned his own cotton and that of his Indian neighbors. His gin, the first in Alabama, was the forerunner of those that sprang up after the Territory was formed in 1817 and pioneers with "Alabama Fever" rushed to claim the fertile soil. The restored Old Alabama Town gin is typical of those operated until the early 20th century.
 
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Mordecai's Cotton Gin Alabama's First Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 19, 2014
2. Mordecai's Cotton Gin Alabama's First Marker
1992 by the Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 22.924′ N, 86° 18.197′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Columbus Street 0.1 miles west of North Decatur Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 454 Columbus Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lucas Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Lowndes Yancey (about 300 feet away); Lucas Tavern / Lafayette (about 300 feet away); Ordeman House Museum (about 400 feet away); Thompson Mansion (about 600 feet away); Ray W. Scott Jr. Founded Bass Anglers Movement (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montgomery and Electricity / Hydroelectricity in the River Region (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Laurel Oak Tree (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  Abraham Mordecai bio. (Submitted on January 19, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 19, 2014
3. Marker Area
Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 19, 2014
4. Marker Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 19, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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