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Alabama State Treasurer

Isaac Harvey Vincent

woodcut image of Ala. Treasurer Isaac Harvey Vincent

 

State Treasurer: 1878-1883

 

 

 

Isaac Harvey Vincent was born in Matagorda County, Republic of Texas in November 1842. After the death of his mother, Vincent's family returned to Alabama and he grew up in Autauga and Chambers Counties. Vincent taught school and worked for the local newspaper in LaFayette, Chambers County, before enlisting in the Chambers Guards. He eventually served as captain of Co. I, 47th Alabama Infantry. Vincent was severely wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864.

 

After the war, Vincent married Frances Richards, daughter of newpaper editor and Probate Judge Evan Richards. Vincent served as clerk in chancery and as county treasurer of Chambers County.

Vincent participated in the Democratic victory in the state election of 1874, and for his efforts was appointed private secretary to Governor George Smith Houston. Vincent served as clerk to the Debt Commisssion which scaled back Alabama's Reconstruction-era debt and in 1878 he was elected to the first of three terms as State Treasurer.

 

In January 1883 Governor Edward Asbury O'Neal reported to the Legislature that Vincent had absconded from office and that more than $200,000 of state funds were unaccounted for. Vincent eluded arrest for more than four years, was captured in Texas in 1887, was tried, convicted and served five years in prison before receiving a pardon from Governor Thomas Goode Jones in 1895. Vincent died in Texas in 1897.

 

Authorities:
Palmer, Mark Alan. "The Political Career of Alabama Treasurer Isaac Harvey Vincent." Master's thesis, Auburn University, 1994.

 

 

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