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Rufus Willis Cobb
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Additional biographical and historical information provided by the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Alabama, 1881 & 1882. Captain, Co. C. 10th Alabama Infantry Regiment. He was the son of John W. and Catherine (Stevens) Leak Cobb, who lived on a plantation at Ashville. Governor Cobb was educated at an academy in Ashville and graduated from the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, in 1850. Returning to Ashville, he read law in the office of John C. Thomasson and was admitted to the bar in 1855. He practiced law in St. Clair until he moved to Shelby County, Alabama, in 1867 and became a law partner of B. B. Lewis. When war was proclaimed in 1861, Cobb joined the Confederate Army as captain of Co. C., Tenth Alabama Infantry Regiment, Forney's brigade, and went to Virginia with that regiment. He remained there until, in 1863, he was assigned to General Joseph Wheeler's cavalry in Tennessee and placed in charge of a scouting party. At the end of the war Cobb resumed his law practice. Cobb was elected governor in 1878 and reelected in 1880. After his term as governor had expired, he retired to private life for a time, but in 1888 accepted the appointment to the office of probate judge of Shelby County. Cobb also served as president of the Central Iron Works at Helena from 1873 to 1891; was an attorney for the Louisville and Nashville Railway; and was involved in cotton planting and in developing an iron mine, the Delmar, in northern Alabama. Cobb belonged to all the branches of the York Rite Masons and was grand master of the grand lodge of Alabama. He was the only man who was grand master and governor at the same time. He was a member of all the lodges of the Scottish Rite Masonry up to and including the thirty-second degree. Cobb died in Birmingham on November 26, 1913, and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.
- Claude Neal Hudson - Grand Historian 2014-2015
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