John A. Winston

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John Anthony Winston
John A. Winston.jpg
15th Governor of Alabama
In office
December 20, 1853 – December 1, 1857
Preceded byHenry W. Collier
Succeeded byAndrew B. Moore
Personal details
Born(1812-09-04)September 4, 1812
Madison County, Alabama Territory, U.S.
DiedDecember 21, 1871(1871-12-21) (aged 59)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Official portrait of John Anthony Winston, fifteenth governor of Alabama

John Anthony Winston (September 4, 1812 – December 21, 1871) was the 15th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1853 to 1857.[1] He was born in 1812 in Madison County, Alabama Territory, and became the first native born governor of Alabama. He was a son of William Winston and Mary Cooper of Tuscumbia, Alabama. William was a son of Anthony Winston and Keziah Jones, former residents of Buckingham County Virginia. John Anthony Winston married his first cousin, Mary Agness Jones, (born ca. 1819 and died ca. 1835) on August 7, 1832, in Madison County Alabama. He died December 21, 1871, in Mobile, Alabama and is buried in the Winston Family Cemetery (privately owned) near Gainesville in Sumter County Alabama. He had only one child, a daughter, Mary Agnes Winston. In January 1867 he presented his credentials to the United States Senate as Senator-elect from Alabama for the term 1867–1873, but was not permitted to take his seat.

John Anthony Winston was also a first cousin to the wartime governor of Mississippi, John Jones Pettus, who was born in Wilson County Tennessee October 9, 1813 and died in Pulaski County Arkansas on January 25, 1867. John Jones Pettus' wife was his first cousin Permelia Virginia Winston (1809–1857) a sister of John Anthony Winston. Permelia Virginia Pettus is buried in the Winston Cemetery, Gainesville Sumter County Alabama.


  1. ^ Barney, William L. (2014). "John A. Winston, 1853-1857". In Webb, Samuel L.; Armbrester, Margaret E. (eds.). Alabama Governors: A Political History of the State. University of Alabama Press. pp. 72–77. ISBN 9780817318437.
Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Alabama
1853, 1855
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by