Robert F. Ligon

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Robert F. Ligon
Robert F. Ligon.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byJohn Henry Caldwell
Succeeded byThomas Williams
4th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
GovernorGeorge S. Houston
Preceded byAlexander McKinstry
Succeeded byoffice abolished (1876–1903)
Russell M. Cunningham (1903)
Member of the Alabama Senate
In office
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1823-12-23)December 23, 1823
Watkinsville, Georgia
DiedOctober 11, 1901(1901-10-11) (aged 77)
Montgomery, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic

Robert Fulwood Ligon (December 23, 1823 – October 11, 1901) was the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. A Democrat, Ligon served Governor George S. Houston of the same political party from 1874 to 1876. Ligon also served in the United States House of Representatives.

The son of Robert and Wilhelmina (Fulwood) Ligon, Robert Ligon was born in Watkinsville, Georgia. Ligon began his education in the local schools of Watkinsville and later attended the University of Georgia. After graduating, Ligon moved to Tuskegee, Alabama to study law under Judge David Clopton before being admitted to the Alabama bar association. Prior to the beginning of the American Civil War, Ligon served Alabama as a state senator in 1864, and as a member of the state legislature from Macon County.

In 1874, Ligon was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama in an election campaign that returned the state to white supremacy. Although Ligon served his full two-year term as Lieutenant Governor, the position was eliminated in 1875 and would not be reestablished until adoption of the Alabama Constitution in 1901. Upon completion of his term, Ligon was elected to and served in the United States Congress from 1877 to 1879.


  • Alabama Department of Archives biography
  • United States Congress. "LIGON, Robert Fulwood (id: L000306)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander McKinstry
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by
Office abolished
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Henry Caldwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
Thomas Williams

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website