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Description: Samford Passes AwayDate: June 13 1901
Newspaper published in: Gurley, AL
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 4, Column 1
SAMFORD PASSES AWAY
Alabama’s Governor Succumbs to Heart Disease
Montgomery, June 11.—William J. Samford, Governor of Alabama, died tonight at Tuscaloosa several weeks, having gone there to attend a meeting of the trustees of the State university. He had been ill since before his inauguration as governor, but it was believed that immediate danger was passed. While in Tuscaloosa, however his illness returned with renewed violence and he became so dangerously sick that the physicians feared to remove him to Montgomery.
Yesterday Gov. Samford was thought to be improving, but grew worse today and succumbed tonight at 10:10 o’clock.
Gov. Samford was about 56 years of age, and was a native of Alabama. He had served in the state senate and in congress; was a member of the constitutional convention of 1875 and held other important public offices. He was elected Governor in August of last year and was inaugurate Dec. 1, last. His home was at Opelika.
Hon. W. D. Jelks, president of the state senate, will succeed him as governor.