Alabama Department of Archives and History
William J. Samford
William J. Samford (1844-1901) was governor of Alabama for six months in 1901. He presided over the 1901 Constitutional Convention
and the creation of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Prior to his governorship, Samford was an Alabama state
representative from 1882-86 and a member of the U.S. Congress from 1879-81.