Alexander Meek

  • Judge of Probate
  • 1854-1855

Edwin Rust who died while serving in office in 1854 was succeeded by Alexander B. Meek. Judge Meek was appointed by Alabama Governor John A. Winston. At the time he was sworn in as Judge of Probate Meek had previously served, by appointment of then Alabama Governor Clement C. Clay , as Attorney General for the State of Alabama (1836-1837), and Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Treasury by appointment of President James K. Polk. He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1853, where he served as Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives in 1860.

As entered in Minute Book 7 page 380, the Governor swore Meek in, and he immediately submitted his bond to the Hon. Alexander McKinstry , Judge of the City Court. Judge Meek then appointed George W. Bond as Chief Clerk of Probate and the two men took their oaths of office together. The “following proceedings of the Bar of Mobile” were entered into the Court's minute book. The Bar passed two resolutions, the first being that the members would wear “their usual badge of mourning for thirty days”.

Judge Meek was known as the dean of Mobile literary circles. Six feet four inches tall, blue eyed, he was described by his friends as “Meek but by no means lowly.” As a member of the Alabama State Legislature he introduced the bill which established a system of public schools in the state. While in Mobile he published Red Eagle, Songs and Poems of the South and Romantic Passages in Southwestern History.

Additionally, Judge Meek served as a trustee of the University of Alabama.


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