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Rufus W. Cobb

Rufus Willis Cobb
25th Governor of Alabama
In office
November 28, 1878 – December 1, 1882
Preceded by George S. Houston
Succeeded by Edward A. O'Neal
Personal details
Born (1829-02-25)February 25, 1829
Ashville, Alabama
Died November 26, 1913(1913-11-26) (aged 84)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political party Democratic

Rufus Willis Cobb (February 25, 1829 – November 26, 1913) was an American Democratic politician who was the 25th Governor of Alabama from 1878 to 1882.


Rufus Wills Cobb was born in Ashville, St. Clair County, Alabama. Cobb's ancestors came to America from England and Wales, first settling in Virginia in the colonial era and moving to what would become the state of Alabama in the early 1800s.[1] He was the son of John W. and Catherine (Stevens) Leak Cobb, who lived on a plantation at Ashville. Cobb was educated at an academy in Ashville and graduated from the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, in 1850. Returning to Ashville, he read law in the office of John C. Thomasson and was admitted to the bar in 1855 . He practiced law in St. Clair until he moved to Shelby County, Alabama, in 1867 and became a law partner of B. B. Lewis.

When war was proclaimed in 1861, Cobb joined the Confederate Army as captain of Co. C., Tenth Alabama Infantry Regiment, Forney's brigade, and went to Virginia with that regiment. He remained there until, 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 Cobb resumed his law practice.

Cobb was elected to the

Also during Cobb's two terms, the State Railroad Commission, the State Bar Association, and the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute were created. The records of Governor Cobb's administration reflect that a major controversy during his last term was prohibition. The prohibition forces attempted to pass a statewide local option law but were unsuccessful.

After his term as governor had expired, he retired to private life for a time, but in 1888 accepted the appointment to the office of probate judge of Shelby County. Cobb also served as president of the Central Iron Works at Helena from 1873 to 1891, continuing to hold his title while serving as governor. He was also an attorney for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad; and was involved in cotton planting and in developing an iron mine, the Delmar, in northern Alabama.

Cobb belonged to all the branches of the York Rite Masons and was grand master of the grand lodge of Alabama in 1879 and 1880. He was the only man who was grand master and governor at the same time. He was a member of all the lodges of the Scottish Rite Masonry up to and including the thirty-second degree. Cobb's last residence was Birmingham. His grave is located in Birmingham's Forest Hill Cemetery.


  1. ^ Our state--Alabama - Page 343 Thomas McAdory Owen - 1927 -
  • Owen, Thomas McAdory. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography Vol. III, 1978.
  • Stewart, John Craig. The Governors of Alabama, 1975.

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Political offices
Preceded by
George S. Houston
Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by
Edward A. O'Neal
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