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Ala. Attorney General Thomas Nicholas McClellan


Thomas Nicholas McClellan

Attorney General: 1884-1889


Thomas Nicholas McClellan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Attorney General of Alabama, was born February 23, 1853, in Limestone County, and died in February, 1906; son of Thomas Joyce and Martha Fleming (Beattie) McClellan, the former a native of Lincoln County, Tenn., a Whig, member of the constitutional conventions of Alabama in 1861, and in 1865, and a member of the House of Representatives from Limestone County in 1862, who died there in 1887; brother of Robert Anderson McClellan; grandson of John and Joanna (Moore) Beattie, of the same county. His paternal ancestors are Scots-Irish, emigrating from north Ireland, and his maternal ancestors came from England, both branches settling in Virginia. In both sides his ancestors were soldiers in the War of the Revolution.


Judge McClellan was educated in the common schools, and at Oak Hill College, Tennessee. In June, 1872, he took his degree of LL. B. in the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn. He began the practice of law in September, 1872, at Athens, in co-partnership with his brother, Capt. Robert A. McClellan. He was register in chancery of Limestone County, 1874-1876; State Senator, 1880-1884; State Attorney General, 1882-1889; Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, 1889-98; and was Chief Justice, from November, 1898, until his death. He was a Democrat, and was unmarried. Last residence: Montgomery.


Thomas McAdory Owen. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. (1921), 1093-1094.


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