Alabama State Treasurer

Jack Ross

State Treasurer: 1819-1822


Jack Ferrill Ross, first Territorial and first State Treasurer, was born in Franklin County, N.C., October 29, 1791, and died at Mobile, October 12, 1837; son of John and Temperance (Ferrill) Ross, the former a resident of North Carolina, who served as representative of Martin County, 1784, in the house of commons. He received his early education in the local schools, later attending the University at Chapel Hill.


He enlisted in the army during the War of 1812, appointed as 3rd lieutenant, 3rd infantry, May 20, 1813; 2nd lieutenant, February, 1814; 1st lieutenant, July, 1814; retained December, 1815, as 2nd lieutenant, light artillery, with brevet; and resigned April 15, 1817. He was in active service in the South under Gen. Jackson during these four years and shortly before his resignation went to Mobile to pay off the troops. After his resignation he became a merchant at Ft. Stephens. He was appointed first Territorial Treasurer and when the State was admitted to the Union, he was chosen by the legislature, 1819, to succeed himself. In December 1818, his dwelling and store were destroyed and with them all of his papers as well as some of the Territory moneys. He was one of the incorporators of the second bank established within the limits of Alabama, the first having been established at Huntsville. He removed to Mobile, 1824, where he engaged extensively in the mercantile business, at the same time owning and operating large plantations in Greene and Clarke Counties. He was sheriff of Mobile County for one term; represented this county in the House of Representatives, 1826, 1827 and 1835, and in the Senate, 1828. He died of yellow fever in Mobile.


Married: Februuary 11, 1817, to Ann Amelia, daughter of Col. George and Catherine (Sossaman) Fisher. Children: 1. Sarah Bee, m. William B. Lightfoot, of Baltimore, Md.; 2. William Henry, m. Mary A. Lyon; 3. Frank Armstrong, m. Helen Hunter; 4. Alfred Greene, d. unm. Last residence: Mobile.


Owen, Thomas McAdory, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Spartanburg: The Reprint Company Publishers, 1978 (1921), IV, 1467.