AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, TO ALABAMA GOVERNOR THOMAS WATTS, FROM MARION ALABAMA, 18 JANUARY 1864, REQUESTING AN EXEMPTION FROM MILITARY SERVICE FOR JESSE B. LOVELACE ON THE GROUND OF HIS ILLNESS.

Folded bifolium, [4]pp on lined paper. Signed at the end, Porter King. Page [3] is blank, docketed on page [4]. Very Good.

"Judge King was born April 30, 1824, in Perry County, Alabama, and was the son of a wealthy Alabama plantation owner. After attending the University of Alabama and Brown University prior to 1843, King studied law under the tutelage of Colonel Thomas Chilton in Marion, Alabama. He began his law practice in 1845 and was elected to the state legislature for a single term in 1847.
"Upon completing his term, King practiced law in Marion, Alabama, and he was subsequently elected as an Alabama Circuit Court Judge in 1850. King served the state in this capacity for fifteen years, interrupted only briefly by a one-year command of an Alabama Civil War regiment. In 1865, King was unseated from the Circuit Court by Governor Lewis E. Parsons, a provisional official appointed by President Andrew Johnson.
"Following his removal, King applied his talents to business and served in many important roles, including director of the insurance company Central City, the Commercial Bank of Selma, and as president of the Selma, Marion, and Memphis Railroad" [from the Special Collections site of the University of Alabama School of Law].
King's Letter to Governor Watts advises that "Judge Bailey our Probate Judge, has tendered the appointment of Clerk under the late Act of our Legislature to Mr. Jesse B. Lovelace. Mr. L. volunteered and went to Mobile under Col. Byrd and was his Adjt whilst in Mobile. Mr. L. was very sick-- quite low indeed-- on the expiration of his term of service, on account of ill health and under the advice of friends, he put a substitute in the army. Mr. L. is a young man of the highest moral character and business qualifications of the first order. He has been raised a merchant. I do not think he could endure the hardships and exposure of camp life, and whilst I am decided in my opposition to seeing men able to bear arms, sheltered from duty in the field... should he not be exempted by virtue of the office, that your excellency use your influence in having him exempted. Judge B. has conversed with me and is anxious to secure his services..." Item #37748

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