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History

The Office of the Secretary of State existed even before Alabama became a state. The first secretary of state, Henry Hitchcock (1818-19) served for the Alabama Territory. The secretary of state served a two-year term from the time Alabama became a state in 1819 until the Constitution of 1901 set the term at four years. Up until 1868, the secretary of state was elected by the legislature, but since that time has been selected by popular vote.


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Below is a complete listing of the men and women who served as Alabama's secretary of state:

Secretary

Year

 

Secretary

Year

Henry Hitchcock

1818-1819

 

Cyrus B. Brown

1910-1915

Thomas A. Rodgers

1819-1821

 

John Purifoy

1915-1919

James J. Pleasants

1821-1824

 

William Peyton Cobb

1919-1923

James I. Thornton

1824-1834

 

Sidney Herbert Blan

1923-1927

Edmund A. Webster

1834-1836

 

John Marvin Brandon

1927-1931

Thomas B. Tunstall

1836-1840

 

Pete Bryant Jarman, Jr.

1931-1935

William Garrett

1840-1852

 

David Howell Turner

1935-1939

Vincent M. Benham

1852-1856

 

John Marvin Brandon

1939-1943

James H. Weaver

1856-1860

 

David Howell Turner

1943-1944

Patrick H. Brittan

1860-1865

 

Sibyl Pool

1944-1951

Albert S. Elmore

1865-1866

 

Agnes Baggett

1951-1955

David L. Dalton

1866-1867

 

Mary Texas Hurt Garner

1955-1959

Micah Taul

1867-1868

 

Bettye Frink

1959-1963

Charles A. Miller

1868-1870

 

Agnes Baggett

1963-1967

Jabez J. Parker

1870-1872

 

Mabel Sanders Amos

1967-1975

Patrick Ragland

1872-1873

 

Agnes Baggett

1975-1979

Neander H. Rice

1873-1874

 

Don Siegelman

1979-1987

Rufus K. Boyd

1874-1878

 

Glen Browder

1987-1989

William W. Screws

1878-1882

 

Fred Crawford

1989-1989

Ellis Phelan

1882-1885

 

Perry A. Hand

1989-1991

Charles C. Langdon

1885-1890

 

Billy Joe Camp

1991-1993

Joseph D. Barron

1890-1894

 

Jim Bennett

1993-2003

James K. Jackson

1894-1898

 

Nancy L. Worley

2003-2007

Robert P. McDavid

1898-1903

 

Beth Chapman

2007-2013

J. Thomas Heflin

1903-1904

 

Jim Bennett

2013-2015

Edmund R. McDavid

1904-1907

 

John H. Merrill

2015-

Frank N. Julian

1907-1910