John Wesley DuBose
JOHN WESLEY DuBOSE, A.M., was born in
Marengo County, Ala., October 31, 1849, and is a son of Joel C. and Esther G.
(Cleland) DuBose, natives of Darlington District, South Carolina.
The senior Mr. DuBose was a merchant in early life at Charleston, S. C. He came to Alabama in
1838, settled in Marengo County, and as he owned
a large number of slaves, turned his attention to farming. He served his county
in various offices, and was a very popular Whig in politics. He was the only
member of that party ever elected to office in that county. He and his wife were
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They reared four sons and three
daughters, to-wit: Joseph L., served in Stewart's Cavalry during the war and
died in the West; Maybank D., teacher in Alabama, served in General Rhodes' Brigade in Virginia,
and was wounded at Spotsylvauia and Snicker's Gap; Abner G., a farmer
and merchant near Corsicana. Texas; and the subject of this sketch. Mr. DuBose
died in 1858, at the age of fifty-six years, and his wife in 1864. Mrs. Du Bose
was of Scotch-Irish descent.
The subject of this sketch
was reared in his native county, attended schools near Linden, and when a youth
was sent to Goodman Institute, where he remained several years. The Southern University of
Greensboro, Ala., in 1874, conferred
upon him the Master of Arts degree. Since 1880 to the present time he has been
continuously in charge of the Gadsden Public Institute.
Professor DuBose before
coming to Gadsden was
Superintendent of Sumter County, and since coming here, he has been
Superintendent of Etowah County. He was married in October
1877, to Miss Lizzie Lake Cobbs, the accomplished
daughter of Judge James Cobbs, of Mobile, Ala., and has had born to him four
children: Edgar L. (deceased), Maggie C., John W., Jr., and James Guerin.
Professor DuBose and wife are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Professor is of the Masonic
McCalley, Henry, Northern Alabama :
historical and biographical.
Birmingham, AL: Smith & De
Land, 1888, pp. 835.