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William Lowndes Yancey

William Lowndes Yancey (1814-1863), originally a Unionist, later became an outspoken secessionist. He edited newspapers in Cahaba and Wetumpka in the late 1830s and was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1844. He represented Alabama in the Confederate Senate from 1861 until his death in 1863.
Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History. Painted by Edward Billings in 1857.