Biography of Enoch Harvey McNatt

Well-known Teacher after the Civil War

Enoch Harvey McNatt was a well-known teacher after the Civil War and served the country one term as superintendent of education. He was a son of Enoch and Sallie (Skinner) McNatt, pioneer settlers of Franklin County, and a nephew of William and Cordy Skinner, very prominent characters in the early history of the country. He was born in 1843 near Russellville and died September 15, 1902 at his home in Frankfort Beat. He was a student of Prof. Bob Ranson and perhaps of Prof. John W. Harris. He served in the Confederate Army with gallantry.

Mr. McNatt was a highly respected gentlemen, refined in his manners and a brilliant conversationalist with dramatic power. He was not highly educated, yet he was above the average and was well read in theology and other subjects. He was of a very gentle nature and possessed great sympathy for the unfortunate in his life. These qualities made him much beloved. In early life Mr. McNatt was a Baptist, but he later became a Universalist. In politics he was a loyal Democrat and always took a very active part in public affairs. He was deputy sheriff under Wm. Britton. Mr. McNatt’s widow, who was a daughter of Thomas James, and two sons R. L. and C. H. McNatt reside in Franklin. Dudley, the third son, was killed in Texas in 1913.

Source: Source: James, R. L. Distinguished Men, Women and Families of Franklin County, Alabama. Russellville, Ala., Private Publication, 1928. 111 p.

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