On this day in Alabama history: Bessemer mayor, council voted to incorporate

On this day in Alabama history: Bessemer mayor, council voted to incorporate
United States Pipe & Foundry Company Plant, Bessemer, 1992. (David Deising, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Sept. 9, 1887

Industrialist Henry Fairfield DeBardeleben founded Bessemer in 1886 after buying 4,000 acres of land for a planned new town in Jefferson County associated with his iron and coal business. He named the town after Sir Henry Bessemer, who invented the steel-making process most often used at that time. By June 1887, the town had 1,000 people and a court and jail. That year, Bessemer citizens chose Robert M. McAdory as the first mayor and elected eight councilmen. The mayor and council voted to incorporate the city on this day in 1887.

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