American politician who served as the 23rd Governor of Alabama from 1872 to 1874. He was also a Deputy from Alabama to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, serving from February until April 1861, when he resigned from office.
Lewis E. Parsons was named provisional governor of Alabama on June 21, 1865, in the wake of the Civil War. The convention he ordered repealed the ordinance of secession, renounced the state’s war debts, abolished slavery, and scheduled elections to choose state officials and representatives to Congress. David P. Lewis was a wealthy plantation owner with 34 slaves, but in 1860 he voted against secession. He refused to cooperate with Confederate authorities, and in 1864 crossed through federal lines to Nashville, remaining there until the Civil War ended. With the passage of the Reconstruction Acts in 1867, control of Reconstruction passed to the U.S. Congress. Lewis returned to politics and in 1869 joined the Republican Party. He became a Reconstruction governor in 1872.
Document signed “David P. Lewis” as Governor of Alabama, March 1, 1873, countersigned by the Secretary of State, appointing “Lewis E. Parsons…Speaker of the House of Representatives…for The State of Alabama…”,
with wax seal at left and original ribbon.
Highly uncommon high-level appointment. Mounting residue at top, some staining, horizontal fold.