Alabama Department of Archives and History
Benjamin Fitzpatrick came to what was the Mississippi Territory alone at age 14, and worked as a clerk in Wetumpka and studied
law in Montgomery before entering politics as circuit solicitor in 1821. He left politics to be a planter when he married
Sarah Terry Elmore, but returned to the scene in 1837 in a failed bid for the governor's office. He won it in 1841.