The article provides a biographical account of Captain Joel H. Rainer, the president of the Merchants & Farmers’ bank of Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama. It details his early life, marriages, and business ventures, including his time in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. The article notes his numerous business interests, including his directorship in cotton mills and insurance companies, and his public service in the legislature and national democratic convention. Captain Rainer is portrayed as a self-made man, rising from poverty through hard work, business acumen, and integrity.
This is volume 4 of The Alabama Historical Quarterly published quarterly in 1942 by the Alabama State Department of Archives and History. You can freely read this manuscript online, search the manuscript, or download a PDF copy for offline reading. This edition provides histories of several Alabama counties: Chambers, Coosa, and Randolph. It also provides an historical sketch of the town of LaFayette, Alabama and cemetery records transcriptions in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.