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On This Day In Alabama History: Francis Bartow Lloyd Began Syndicated Column

| August 16, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Francis Bartow Lloyd was a reporter and city editor with The Montgomery Advertiser and also was the state representative to the Legislature for Montgomery County. He is best known for spinning tales based on the fictional Alabama character Rufus Sanders that were full of humor, insight and pearls of wisdom gleaned from Southern life. On Aug. 16, 1891, Lloyd was given a regul ar syndicated column that was published in newspapers throughout the South. Following Lloyd’s murder on Aug. 25, 1897, his family compiled the columns into the collection published under the title “Sketches of Country Life: Humor, Wisdom, and Pathos from the ‘Sage of Rocky Creek.’”

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