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John A. Winston

John A. Winston (1812-1871) was the 15th governor of Alabama and the first to be born in the state. He was a planter, cotton commissioner, and state congressman before holding office as governor from 1853-57. Winston championed states' rights and white supremacy and opposed state aid to corporations, particularly railroad companies.The Alabama public school system was established during his administration in 1854.
Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History