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Hugh McVay

Hugh McVay
9th Governor of Alabama
In office
July 17, 1837 – November 30, 1837
Preceded by Clement Comer Clay
Succeeded by Arthur P. Bagby
Personal details
Born 1766
South Carolina
Died May 9, 1851 (aged 84–85)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician

Hugh McVay (1766[1] – May 9, 1851) was the ninth governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from July 17 to November 30, 1837. He was born in South Carolina.


  • Early career 1
  • Alabama Congress 2
  • Governor of Alabama 3
  • References 4

Early career

McVay moved to the Territory of Mississippi and represented Madison County in the Alabama Legislature from 1811 to 1818. He then moved to Lauderdale County and represented Lauderdale County in the 1819 Alabama Constitutional Convention.[2] McVay lived in the community of Mars Hill, Alabama and is buried there.[3]

Alabama Congress

McVay was in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1820 to 1825. He then served in the Alabama State Senate from 1825 to 1844.[4]

Governor of Alabama

McVay was elected Speaker of the Senate in 1836, and became Acting Governor of Alabama in 1837 when Governor Clement C. Clay was appointed to the United States Senate. McVay served as Governor from July 17, 1837 to November 30, 1837, when Governor Arthur P. Bagby took office.[4]


  1. ^ Alabama Governor Hugh McVay, gubernatorial history
  2. ^ "Hugh McVay". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ William Lindsey McDonald (2003). A Walk Through the Past: People and Places of Florence and Lauderdale County, Alabama. Heart of Dixie Publishing. p. 284.  
  4. ^ a b "Alabama Governor Hugh McVay". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Clement C. Clay
Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by
Arthur P. Bagby

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