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Jonathan Coggswell Farley / Montgomery's First Election

 
 
Jonathan Coggswell Farley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
1. Jonathan Coggswell Farley Marker
Inscription.
Side A
Jonathan Coggswell Farley
1798-1864
Farley acquired two lots on this site in 1817. Here he built both the town's first frame store and first frame two-story building, his house. In Farley's store, an election was held January 3, 1820 to create Montgomery's first governing body. Farley and three others were named in an act of the Alabama General Assembly to conduct and manage this first election.

Farley was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1798. About 1816, he sailed from Portland, Maine to the port of Mobile then proceeded to Ft. Jackson (Toulouse) to establish a trading post. Coming to Montgomery, he opened the town's second store. Her served as foreman of the first Grand Jury and, later, moved to a plantation outside of town near Cross Keys.

The town's first newspaper, The Montgomery Republican, also occupied the store.

Side B
Montgomery's First Election
January 3, 1820
At this site, in Jonathan Coggswell Farley's store, an election was held to establish Montgomery's first government. The Alabama General Assembly, meeting in the capital at Huntsville, approved an act on December 3, 1819 to combine the communities of New Philadelphia and East Alabama into the new town of Montgomery. Named in the act to conduct and manage the election were Jonathan
Montgomery's First Election Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
2. Montgomery's First Election Marker
C. Farley, Walter B. Lucas, Ebenezer D. Washburn and Andrew Dexter.

Elected to the first town council were Nimrod E. Benson, William Graham, Clement Freeney, Ebenezer D. Washburn, John Goldthwaite, Rhodes L. Smith and Daniel Carpenter. They chose Graham as the first intendant (mayor).

Walter B. Lucas proposed that the new town be named for Gen. Richard Montgomery, the Revolutionary War hero.
 
Erected 2000 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 22.663′ N, 86° 18.214′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and South Hull Street, on the left when traveling east on Dexter Avenue. Touch for map. Located in front of the Alabama State Bar Association building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of the Alabama State Bar (a few steps from this marker); Lucien Dunbibben Gardner (within shouting distance of this marker); James Edwin Livingston (within shouting distance of this marker); Clement Clay "Bo" Torbert, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker);
Jonathan Coggswell Farley / Montgomery's First Election Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
3. Jonathan Coggswell Farley / Montgomery's First Election Marker
Looking east along Dexter Avenue toward state capitol.
Howell Thomas Heflin (within shouting distance of this marker); Ernest C. “Sonny” Hornsby (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred David Gray (within shouting distance of this marker); Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Categories. PoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
Alabama State Bar Association image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
4. Alabama State Bar Association
located on site of Farley's store.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 741 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on July 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 5, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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