Robert F. Ligon

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Robert F. Ligon
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(1823-12-16)December 16, 1823
Watkinsville, Georgia
DiedOctober 11, 1901(1901-10-11) (aged 77)
Montgomery, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic

Robert Fulwood Ligon (December 16, 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. Before the American Civil War, Ligon served Alabama as a state representative, and he was a state senator in 1864.

In 1874, Ligon was elected as Lieutenant Governor. 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. He died at age 77 in Montgomery, Alabama, and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ Harrison, James L., ed. (1950). Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States from the First to the Eightieth Congress, March 4, 1789 to January 3, 1949. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 1460.

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

March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Succeeded by

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