Alabama Commissioners of Agriculture and Industries


Reuben Francis Kolb: 1887-1891, 1911-1915


Reuben Francis Kolb, of Montgomery, Ala., was born April 16, 1839, at Eufaula, Barbour County, Ala.; was the son of Davis Cameron and Emily Francis (Shorter) Kolb, the former of Cheraw, Cheraw District, S.C., the latter of Eufaula, Ala.; and the grandson of Jesse and Susan Kolb, of Cheraw, S.C.; and of Reuben C. and Mary (Gill) Shorter, of Eufaula, Ala. The great-grandfather came from Germany, was a soldier in the Revolutionary Army, and was killed on the Pedee River, S.C., on which spot a monument erected by the Government, stands today as a memorial of his devotion to his adopted country. Capt. Kolb was educated in the common schools of Eufaula and at the University of N.C., from which he graduated in June, 1859.


He was a farmer. Was Commissioner of Agriculture from 1886-1890, and unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1890 and 1892. He was a Sergt. in Co. B. 1st Ala. Regt. for 12 months; then raised and commanded Kolb's Battery of Artillery through the War of Secession, during the last year of which he was in command of a battalion.


He was a Democrat, and was for twenty-five years on Executive Committee of Barbour County; a Baptist. He married at Eufaula, Ala., Jan. 30, 1860, Calledonia Cargile, the daughter of Thomas and Louisa Ann Cargile, of Eufaula, Ala.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1913, 20.