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Alexander Stephens. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-B8172-1430.).

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Stephens, Alexander Hamilton (11 February 1812–04 March 1883), congressman and Confederate vice president, was born on a piedmont farm near Washington, Georgia, the son of Andrew Stephens and Margaret Grier. A few months after his birth, his mother died. Within a year, his father remarried. When Aleck was fourteen, calamity struck again when his father died of pneumonia, to be followed a few weeks later by his stepmother from the same virus....