Rufus W. Cobb Letter
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This collection consists of one letter, dated November 18, 1879 written by Rufus W. Cobb, Governor of Alabama, to General A. McD. McCook, declining an invitation to attend the 11th reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland and the unveiling of the memorial statue of General George H. Thomas.
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Biographical / Historical
Rufus Willis Cobb was born in Ashville, St. Clair County, Alabama, on February 25, 1829, the son of John W. and Catherine (Stevens) Leak Cobb. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1850, and upon returning to Ashville read law in the office of John C. Thomasson as was admitted to the bar in 1855. He practiced law in St. Clair until he moved to Shelby County, Alabama in 1867. In 1861, at the outbreak of the war, he joined the Confederate Army as a captain in the 10th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Forney’s Brigade. In 1863 he was assigned to General Joseph Wheeler’s cavalry in Tennessee and placed in charge of a scouting party. At the end of the war he resumed his law practice. Cobb was elected to the Alabama state senate in 1872 and again in 1876. He was elected governor in 1878 and reelected in 1880. He belonged to all branches of the York Rite Masons and was grand master of the grand lodge of Alabama in 1879 and 1880, the only man to serve as grand master and governor at the same time. He was also a member of all the lodges of the Scottish Trite Masonry. Cobb died on November 26, 1913.
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Letter, dated November 18, 1879 written by Rufus W. Cobb, Governor of Alabama, to General A. McD. McCook, declining an invitation to attend the 11th reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland and the unveiling of the memorial statue of General George H. Thomas.
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