- NAME: Alexander Stephens
- OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative, U.S. Governor, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: February 11, 1812
- DEATH DATE: March 04, 1883
- EDUCATION: Franklin College (now the University of Georgia)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Georgia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Atlanta, Georgia
- Full Name: Alexander Hamilton Stephens
- AKA: Alexander H. Stephens
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Alexander Stephens was the Confederate vice president during the American Civil War.
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The meeting proved to be fruitless, with discussions coming to a standstill, and Stephens left with no progress made.
The Civil War ended in April 1865, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army in Fort Sumter, South Carolina. A month later, Stephens was arrested for treason and imprisoned for five months in Fort Warren, Boston Harbor.
The 13th Amendment to abolish slavery,
proposed by Northern leaders such as U.S. Congressman James Mitchell Ashley, was implemented. Subsequently, 4 million African Americans gained their freedom.
After Stephens's release in 1866, he returned to Georgia, where voters elected him to the U.S. Senate. He served until his resignation in 1882. Georgians continued to support Stephens and elected him as governor that same year. Just 119 days after taking office, on March 4, 1883, Stephens died after suffering a sudden illness in Atlanta. He was buried near his home, called Liberty Hall, which he built in 1872, in Crawfordville, Georgia.
Throughout his life, Stephens fell ill easily—a trait carried from childhood to adulthood. He was confined to a wheelchair during much of his career, and rarely weighed more than 95 pounds. His physical limitations did not mar his intellect; those who worked with him viewed Stephens as a sharp thinker.
Stephens never married or had children. He lived at Liberty Hall with his slaves, many of whom remained loyal after gaining their freedom, choosing to stay with Stephens for little or no money. Many of those slaves were with Stevens until his death in 1883.
Stephens is still honored and remembered today in the state of Georgia. Both Stephens County and the A.H. Stephens Historic Park were named after him.
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