Williamson Robert Winfield Cobb

Williamson Robert Winfield Cobb ( born June 8, 1807 in Rhea County, Tennessee, † November 1, 1864 near Bellefontaine, Madison County, Alabama) was an American businessman and politician (Democratic Party).


Williamson Robert Winfield Cobb moved in 1809 with his father to Bellefontaine ( Alabama), where his father ran a cotton plantation. In subsequent years, Cobb received a limited education. For a short time he was then working as a watch seller and then went other commercial activities in Bellefontaine after.

Cobb also pursued a political career. He was 1845 and 1846 a member of the House of Representatives from Alabama over the years. At that time he lived on a plantation in Madison County and went after the Bauwollgeschäft. Cobb was elected to the 30th U.S. Congress and reelected to the six succeeding U.S. Congresses. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from March 4, 1847 to January 30, 1861, when he had to retire due to the secession of Alabama (January 11, 1861). During his time there, he had presided over the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business ( 31 to 33 U.S. Congress ) and the Committee on Public Lands (35th Congress ). In his candidacy in the Konföderiertenkongress 1861 he suffered a defeat. Then he returned to his plantation, where he followed agricultural activities. Then he was elected in 1863 in the second Konföderiertenkongress, but he took his seat there never a. His loyalty to the Konföderiertenstaaten was doubted, so that he was consequently excluded by a unanimous vote.

Cobb died in 1864 as the result of a gunshot wound he incurred by his own weapon while he put up a fence on his plantation. He was buried at the Cobb family plot.