Luke Pryor

Luke Pryor ( born July 5, 1820 Huntsville, Alabama; † August 5, 1900 in Athens, Alabama ) was an American politician (Democratic Party), who represented the state of Alabama in both chambers of Congress.

Luke Pryor's parents moved in 1824 with him and his older brother John, who later became a successful trainer of race horses in Mississippi, was in Alabama in the Limestone County. Her father, who was also named Luke Pryor, was a slave owner; According to a census in 1850, 39 slaves lived in his household. The younger Luke Pryor drove his academic studies progress, was trained as a lawyer and joined the Bar in 1841, after which he began practicing in his new profession in Athens. At the same time he was also active as a farmer. With his wife Isabella he had eight children.

Politically Luke Pryor was active in 1855, when he entered the House of Representatives of Alabama, where he remained until 1856. Then he initially focused back on his legal activities. On January 7, 1880, he was finally appointed as successor to the late George S. Houston for U.S. Senator. This mandate, however, he held only until 23 November of the same year, when the victorious in the by-election James L. Pugh replaced him. However, Pryor returned on March 4, 1883 back to Congress, where he eighth constituency of Alabama took until March 3, 1885 the House of Representatives. During this time, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Territories. After he had given up for reelection, he sat down on his farm near Athens to rest, where he died in August 1900.