Henry W. Collier

Encyclopedia of Alabama: Photo
 Governor of Alabama (1849-1953) and First Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court

Born:January 17, 1801, Lunenburg County, VA
Died:August 28, 1855, Bailey's Springs, AL
Buried:Evergreen Cemetery, Tuscalusa, AL
Father-in-law of:Clement Comer Clay


•  Collier moved to Huntsville in 1818 and lived in Huntsville as a young adult. He later moved to Tuscaloosa, AL.

•  W. Collier (1801-1855) was a jurist who served as the first chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. As governor, he pushed for educational reforms and oversaw the creation of the state's first facility for the mentally ill. He advocated a guarded and reasoned approach to the growing secession crisis in the United States. Collier's moderate and conservative leadership provided a period of calm before slavery issues and sectional politics fully captured the state in the storms that led to secession. - Encyclopedia of Alabama: Bio

•  In 1818, he moved to the newly opened cotton lands in Madison County, Alabama Territory.

•  Married Mary Ann Battle of North Carolina, sister of Henry's colleague in Tuscaloosa.

•  Methodist.

•  "Known for his dignified bearing, he was a hard worker, hospitable, and generous." - Alabama Past Leaders

•  "He was a political moderate and took an active part in humanitarian reform, being influential in securing prison reforms in Alabama." - Alabama Past Leaders

•  He was admitted to the Alabama bar in 1822. The following year he moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and set up a law practice.

Related Links:

•  Alabama Past Leaders - By Henry S. and Marsha Kass Marks, Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama 35801, © 1982, p. 67.

•  Alabama State Archives - Bio with photo

•  Brewer's Alabama History - Alabama, Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men: From 1540 to 1872 By Willis Brewer, © 1872, pp. 58-9.

•  Encyclopedia of Alabama: Bio - Comprehensive Bio from Encyclopedia of Alabama

•  Encyclopedia of Alabama: Photo - Photo

•  Find a Grave - With photos added by quebecoise and "Wrong Way Dave"

•  Governors of Alabama - The Governors of Alabama by John Craig Steward. C. 1975 Page 90-3

•  jstor.org - First page of a document titled "Abolitionist letter to Governor Henry W. Collier" by Marshall Rachleff

•  Our Campaigns - Bio

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Brewer's Alabama History
•  Clement Comer Clay