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This Day in Georgia History

October 02, 1781

William Wyatt Bibb Born

William Wyatt Bibb was born in Amelia County, Virginia. At age 8, his family moved to Elbert County, Georgia. Bibb obtained a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1801. He then returned to Elbert County and set up a medical practice in Petersburg. In 1803, Bibb was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, and two years later to the Georgia Senate. Following the resignation of one of Georgia’s congressmen, the General Assembly elected Bibb to fill the vacancy. After serving 6 years in the U.S. House, the General Assembly named him to fill the U.S. Senate seat of William H. Crawford, who resigned to served as U.S. ambassador to France. In late 1817, President James Monroe named Bibb to serve as governor of the Alabama Territory. Two years later, he was elected governor of the new state of Alabama. On July 20, 1820, Bibb died in an accident while riding a horse. At the time of death, he was the most influential politician in Alabama. In December 1820, the Alabama Legislature renamed Cahawba County for Bibb. Two years later, Georgia also recognized Gov. Bibb when the General Assembly created Bibb County from portions of Houston and Jones counties.