Francis Strother Lyon

Francis Strother Lyon (* February 25, 1800 in Danbury, Stokes County, North Carolina, † December 31, 1882 in Demopolis, Alabama ) was an American politician who represented the state of Alabama in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Konföderiertenkongress.

A native of North Carolina Francis Lyon moved in 1817 to Marengo County, Alabama. Initially he worked in a bank and as a clerk at the District Court, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Demopolis.

From 1822 to 1830 he acted as secretary to the Senate of Alabama; 1833-1834 he was a member of the parliamentary chamber then at himself as a deputy. On 4 March 1835, he was then a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, in which he first represented the interests of the National Republican Party and later joined the Whigs. His term ended on March 3, 1839 as the State of Alabama in 1845 were banks from bankruptcy, Lyon was appointed as one of three Commissioners who should build up the banking system.; later he became sole commissioner, a position he held until the completion of his task in 1853.

At the Democratic National Convention in 1860 in Charleston Lyon was one of the delegates from the southern states who left the party early. The following year he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Alabama; election to the provisional Konföderiertenkongress he refused. From 1862 to 1865 but he was then a deputy in the first and second Konföderiertenkongress.

After the defeat of the Confederacy in the American Civil War began Lyon his legal activity in Alabama continued. In 1875 he took part in the Constitutional Convention of the State, the following year he was again elected to the Alabama Senate.