Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Jonathan Coggswell Farley / Montgomery's 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.
January 3, 1820
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. Located in front of the Alabama State Bar Association building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 Clement Clay "Bo" Torbert, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); 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.
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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 800 times since then and 13 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.