Hugh McVay

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Hugh McVay
9th Governor of Alabama
In office
July 17, 1837 – November 30, 1837
Preceded byClement Comer Clay
Succeeded byArthur P. Bagby
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Alabama Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1766-04-29)April 29, 1766
South Carolina
DiedMay 9, 1851(1851-05-09) (aged 85)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic

Hugh McVay (April 29, 1766[1] – May 9, 1851) was the ninth governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from July 17 to November 30, 1837. He was born in South Carolina.

Early career[edit]

McVay moved from South Carolina to the Territory of Mississippi and represented Madison County in the Alabama Legislature from 1811 to 1818. He then moved to Lauderdale County and represented Lauderdale County in the 1819 Alabama Constitutional Convention.[2] McVay lived in the community of Mars Hill, Alabama and is buried there.[3]

Alabama Congress[edit]

McVay was in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1820 to 1825. He then served in the Alabama State Senate from 1825 to 1844.[4]

Governor of Alabama[edit]

McVay was elected Speaker of the Senate in 1836 and became acting governor of Alabama in 1837 when Governor Clement C. Clay was appointed to the United States Senate. McVay served as governor from July 17, 1837, to November 30, 1837, when Governor Arthur P. Bagby took office.[4]


  1. ^ "Alabama Governor Hugh McVay, gubernatorial history". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  2. ^ "Hugh McVay". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  3. ^ William Lindsey McDonald (2003). A Walk Through the Past: People and Places of Florence and Lauderdale County, Alabama. Heart of Dixie Publishing. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-9719945-6-0.
  4. ^ a b "Alabama Governor Hugh McVay". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2012-06-23.

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Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by