Alabama Commissioners of Agriculture and Industries

Isaac F. Culver: 1896-1900


Planter, was born October 20, 1830, at Sparta, Hancock County, Ga.; son of Isaac and Margaret (grace) Culver, natives of Hancock County, Ga., who came to Alabama in 1851, and located in Henry County, where the former died in 1858 at the age of sixty-two years, and the latter in 1867, at seventy-eight years; grandson of John Culver, an Englishman, who was brought in his youth to America by his parents, who first located in Delaware but subsequently moved to Georgia where he married, lived, and died, and grandson of Jephtha Grace, a planter who lived and died in Hancock County, Ga. Maj. Culver completed his education at Mt. Zion, Hancock County, Ga., farmed there until he moved to Alabama in 1851; located in Henry County, where he resided until 1860; and moved to Bullock County which has since been his home.


In May 1861, he joined Co. A, Sixth Alabama Infantry, C. S. Army, as a private, and was at once sent to Virginia. He fought at Seven Pines, Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, Bonsboro Gap, Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and at other points. At the expiration of his first term of enlistment for one year, he was commissioned captain; was promoted to major after the battle of Chancellorsville, and was made lieutenant-colonel at Petersburg with command of the regiment. He was wounded at Malvern Hill, Boonsboro Gap, and at Gettysburg. After the war, he returned to his farm in Bullock County. He was elected to the State legislature in 1878, and re-elected in 1880, serving though both terms as chairman of the committee on temperance. When his term in the legislature had expired, Maj. Culver was elected superintendent of education for Bullock County, which office he held for six years. During that period, he was president of the State Fair Association. He has been a stockholder in the Union Springs Cotton Mill, and a director in the oil mill company. He served as state commissioner of agriculture, 1896-1900. Maj. Culver is a Democrat; a Methodist, serving as steward in the church for twenty-five years; and a Mason.


Married: (1) In 1850, Mary Boran, who was born and educated in Washington, Wilkes County, Ga., and died in 1858, daughter of John Boran, a Georgian, who died at Washington, Ga.; (2) December 16, 1860, Nancy McSwean Pugh, widow of Dr. Thomas Pugh, cousin of James L. Pugh, U. S. Senator, daughter of Roderick and Mary (Cambell) McSwean, who were married in North Carolina, came to Alabama in 1836, and settled at Clayton, Barbour County, the former a native of Scotland, who came to America when a young man.


Owen, Thomas McAdory, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Spartanburg: The Reprint Company Publishers, 1978 (1921), IV, 1007.