The Dean / Inzer House

The Dean / Inzer House (HMIP3)

Location: Ashville, AL 35953 St Clair County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 50.137', W 86° 15.307'

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Home of Lt. Col. / Judge John Washington Inzer

Greek revival antebellum home built by Moses Dean in 1852, acquired by John W. Inzer in 1866. Home occupied by Inzer family from 1866 to 1987. In July 1987 home and its contents, including extensive law library, deeded by family heirs to St. Clair Camp 308, Sons of Confederate Veterans, to become museum in honor of Lt. Col. & Judge John W. Inzer. Museum is maintained for educational purposes and public awareness. Museum incorporated December 1988 as a non-profit corporation.

John Washington Inzer born January 9th, 1834, Gwinnett County, Georgia. The family left Georgia in 1853, moving to Eden in St. Clair County, Alabama. In 1854 John Inzer began his study of law; admitted to the bar in 1855. In 1856 moved to Ashville to practice law. In 1859, Inzer was licensed to practice law before the Alabama Supreme Court, appointed Probate Judge, St Clair County, that year. In 1861, elected to represent St. Clair County at Alabama's Secession Convention, youngest man to do so.
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In 1862, he joined Confederate Army as a private; rose to rank of Lt. Col. in the 58th Alabama Infantry Regiment. Inzer fought in battles of Corinth, Shiloh, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge where he was captured and made POW at Johnson's Island, Ohio, 1863 to 1865. After Chickamauga, Col Bushrod Jones wrote of Lt. Col. Inzer's conspicuous bravery, his causing his men to charge with enthusiasm, and of his gallantry on the battle's second day, which exceeded that of the first. There was not a more gallant and courageous officer in the Confederate Army.

Appointed Probate Judge by occupying Union forces, July 1865; elected to that office, 1866. Elected to State Senate, 1874 and 1890. In 1877, appointed as Trustee of Howard College, later Samford University. From 1878 to 1900 was Trustee of the Alabama Insane Hospital. Appointed Judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit 1907, re-elected 1908.

John Washington Inzer died January 2nd, 1928, age 93, last surviving member of the Alabama Secession convention. He was known as "Alabama's Grand Old Man" His is buried in the Ashville Cemetery.

Donated by D & F Bryant - The Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy.
HM NumberHMIP3
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy series.
Placed ByThe Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 10:48pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 568921 N 3744179
Decimal Degrees33.83561667, -86.25511667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 50.137', W 86° 15.307'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 50' 8.22" N, 86° 15' 18.42" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 258 5th St, Ashville AL 35953, US
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