Alabama Secretaries of State

William Peyton Cobb


Secretary of State: 1919-1923


William Peyton Cobb, of Tuskegee, Macon County, was born at Tuskegee, Jan. 1, 1880, and is the son of James Edward and Caroline Elizabeth (Hunter) Cobb, and the grandson of William Anderson Cobb and wife, Jane, daughter of Daniel MacMurphey. The Cobb family came from Ireland and settled in Georgia. James Edward Cobb was born at Thomaston, Upton County, Ga., October 5, 1835. He was a confederate soldier, serving in the 5th Texas Regiment; was promoted to 1st Lt.; was captured at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was Judge of the 9th Judicial circuit, 1874-1886; elected to 50th Congress, 1886; re-elected 51st-54th Congresses; member of Constitution Convention, 1901. Col. Daniel MacMurphy was born in Ireland, coming to America prior to 1756; he was given a grant of land for services during the Revolutionary War, in controlling Indians in Georgia.


W.P. Cobb received his early education in the Alabama Military Institute, Tuskegee; Park High School, LaGrange, Ga. He attended Troy Normal College, Troy, Ala., graduating in June, 1900; he entered the Law Department of the University of Alabama, from which he graduated, June, 1905, and was admitted to the same month to the practice of law at Tuskegee. He was register in chancery, Macon County, 1901-1904; supervisor of census, 5th Alabama District, 1910; presidential elector from the State at large (Democratic), 1912; delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1916; was elected Secretary of State, 1918.


He was a Democrat; a Methodist; a Master Mason, a member of the Royal Arch and Knight Templar and the K. of P. He was unmarried.


Died on July 23, 1963.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1919, 19.
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