John Gill Shorter

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John Gill Shorter
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17th Governor of Alabama
In office
December 2, 1861 – December 1, 1863
Preceded byAndrew B. Moore
Succeeded byThomas H. Watts
Deputy from Alabama
to the Provisional Congress
of the Confederate States
In office
February 4, 1861 – December 2, 1861
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
BornApril 23, 1818
Monticello, Georgia, U.S.
DiedMay 29, 1872 (aged 54)
Eufaula, Alabama, U.S.

John Gill Shorter (April 23, 1818 – May 29, 1872) is an American politician who served as the 17th Governor of Alabama from 1861 to 1863. Prior to assuming the governorship, Shorter was a Deputy from Alabama to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States from February 1861 to December 1861.


John Gill Shorter was born on April 23, 1818, in Monticello, Georgia.[1] History records him as a member of the planter class and an ardent secessionist. During his term of office Shorter sent state troops to Randolph and other counties to put down resistance to the war effort. In the 1863 election he was defeated by Thomas H. Watts by three votes to one.[2] Shorter died on May 29, 1872, in Eufaula, Alabama.[1]

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  1. ^ a b McKiven, Henry R. Jr. (November 22, 2010) "John Gill Shorter (1861-63)". Encyclopedia of Alabama - accessed February 18, 2011
  2. ^ Flynt, Wayne (February 5, 2016). Poor But Proud. 1222: University of Alabama Press.

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