Charles Linn

Scandinavian immigrant Charles Linn (1814-1882) was a sea captain who would be an important figure in Alabama's early economy. He ran a successful store and farm in and around Montgomery after settling there in 1838, served as a captain in the Confederate Navy, and then re-settled in Birmingham, where he helped found the National Bank of Birmingham, which evolved into AmSouth Bancorporation, one of the state's most important financial institutions until its merger with Regions.

Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Public Library 1065.4.14