BUFORD, Jefferson

From the Charleston Mercury - 5 Sep 1862

Death of Major Buford - It is our melancholy duty to announce the death of Major Jefferson Buford, who died suddenly at his residence in Clayton, in this county, on Thursday, the 28th ult.  He was stricken down with scarcely a moment's notice, his attack being an affection of the heart, some slight premonitory symptoms of which had manifested themselves without exciting any alarm.  Major Buford's name has been associated with the history of this county almost from its first settlement; and it will be long before we can realize that one who has been so constantly and intimately connected with the public interests of this section, shall no more occupy his accustomed place in our midst.  He was born in Chester District, S.C., admitted to the bar in that State, and in 1832 removed to Monticello, then the county town of Pike county, which at that time embraced the counties of Barbour, Henry and Dale.  In 1840 he removed to Barbour county, which has been his home from that time to his death.  For the last twenty-five years he has been one of the most prominent and successful lawyers in South Eastern Alabama, and was engaged at the time of his death in an extensive and profitable practice.  His public services were not confined to the bar.  He took an active part in the Indian disturbances in 1836, holding a Major's commission in the army.  For many years he was actively engaged in politics, and repeatedly represented his county in the State Legislature - a position in which, as at the bar, his superior intellect, determined will and great energy, secured for him prominence and distinction.  For the last several years of his life, however, he has devoted himself to his profession, taking but little part in the political strife’s of the day, until the secession of Alabama consummated a policy which had for a long while been the one great article of his political creed.  He was member of the Convention which declared our independence of the old Union, and regarded the part which he took in that result as the crowning act of his public life.

    Maj. Buford's last days were among the brightest and happiest of his life.  The family circle was to him the centre of attraction, and in his rare devotion to the loved ones of that circle, where he in turn was the object of the most fond and constant affection, he realized a world of contentment and peace, which the honors and successes of life could never confer.  To the virtues of a high-toned and chivalric nature he had added the crowning dignity of a Christian profession, having been for the last several years a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal Church.  -- Eufaula (Ala.) Spirit

September 3, 1862

The Eufaula Spirit of the South reports the death of Major Jefferson Buford, long prominent as a lawyer and politician of Alabama.  He was a man of generous impulses, ardently devoted to what he believed to be right, and energetic in whatever he undertook.  He ranked high both as a speaker and a writer.  He died at his residence in Clayton, Alabama on the 28th of August of a disease of the heart.


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