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Robert Brodnax

ROBERT BRODNAX, planter, was born late in the eighteenth century and came to Autauga County from Hancock County, Georgia, at an early day. He represented that county in the State Legislature for many years previous to 1834 when he was elected to the Senate, defeating his opponent, Hon. William R. Pickett.

Soon after he had served his term in the Senate, he moved to Mobile where he established a commission house. He spent two years in Cuba, learning the methods of raising Cuban tobacco; returned to Alabama and settled in Clarke County, where he occupied himself in the cultivation of that plant.

In 1860, he supported Bell and Everett, in opposition to secession, but after the step was taken, resisted the North intensely. He was elected to the Senate from Clarke, Monroe and Baldwin counties, during 1863 and 1864, and after the fall of the Confederacy emigrated to Brazil.

Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, LL.D., Volume III,
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Compnay, Chicago, 1921

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