Andrew J. Applegate

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Andrew J. Applegate
1st Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
July 24, 1868 – August 21, 1870
GovernorWilliam Hugh Smith
Succeeded byEdward H. Moren
Personal details
Born(1833-10-14)October 14, 1833
Georgetown, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 21, 1870(1870-08-21) (aged 36)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Andrew J. Applegate (October 14, 1833 – August 21, 1870) was a lawyer, officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and served as the first Lieutenant Governor of Alabama during Reconstruction.[1] A Republican, Applegate served with Governor William H. Smith of the same political party, from 1868 to 1870.

Early life[edit]

A son of Benjamin and Rebecca Applegate, he grew up on a farm near Georgetown, Ohio. His father's family had emigrated from Holland, settling in Pennsylvania and then Kentucky, until finally moving to Ohio. Applegate was educated within the public schools at Georgetown, where he later studied and practiced law.

Civil War[edit]

During the American Civil War, Applegate enlisted for one year[citation needed] on July 9, 1861, as a wagoner[citation needed] in the Fourth Independent Company, Ohio Cavalry, but soon became its quartermaster sergeant. In March 1865, he was commissioned captain of Company H, 189th Ohio Infantry.[1] Too late to see combat action, his regiment was sent to Alabama to serve on occupation duty.[citation needed]

Post-war career[edit]

After his discharge, Applegate returned home to Ohio and brought his family to Huntsville, Alabama where he opened a law practice. In 1867, he was elected on a "Republican Union" ticket with Lafayette Robinson and Columbus Jones to serve as delegates to the Constitutional Convention to frame a new State constitution.[2] Republicans supported African American voting and civil rights and were referred to as Radical Republicans. In the election under that constitution, Applegate was Alabama's first and only elected lieutenant governor on August 13, 1868. He moved to Mobile, Alabama and served Alabama two years as lieutenant governor. He died of mysterious causes in Chattanooga two years later.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Alabama Lieutenant Governors, Andrew J. Applegate". Alabama Department of Archives and History. August 25, 2009. Archived from the original on November 26, 2018.
  2. ^ ""Republican Union Ticket. For a Convention. For Delegates. A.J. Applegate, Columbus Jones, Lafayette Robinson." ca. 1867". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Q129720 - Q129721. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by
Title established
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by