William J. Alston

William Jeffreys Alston (* December 31, 1800 in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia, † June 10, 1876 in Magnolia, Marengo County, Alabama) was an American lawyer, judge and politician ( Whig Party ).


William Jeffreys Alston attended a private school in South Carolina. Then he moved to Alabama and settled in Marengo County. There he worked for several years as a teacher. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and then began 1821 in Linden (Alabama ) to practice. Later, he worked for several years as a judge in Marengo County Court.

Alston also pursued a political career. He was in 1837 a member of the House of Representatives from Alabama. Then he served 1839-1842 in the Senate of Alabama. Alston was elected to the 31 U.S. Congress, where he served from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1851. He joined in 1850 not to re-election. Then he resumed his activities as a lawyer. Alston was in 1855 again elected to the House of Representatives from Alabama. He also went to agricultural activities. He died in 1876 in Magnolia ( Alabama) and was buried there on the Magnolia Cemetery.