CONGRESSMEN


Walker County had a sitting member of Congress continuously from 1889 to 1997 except for two years. All but one of them were active in this church

John H. Bankhead

John H. Bankhead

John Hollis Bankhead, (father of John Hollis Bankhead, II, father of William Brockman Bankhead, grandfather of Walter Will Bankhead), a Representative and a Senator from Alabama; born in Moscow, Marion (now Lamar) County, Ala., September 13, 1842; attended the common schools; planter; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War as captain in the Alabama Infantry; member, State house of representatives 1865-1867 and again in 1880 and 1881; member, State senate 1876-1877; warden of the State penitentiary at Wetumpka 1881-1885; moved to Fayette, Ala., in 1885 and resumed planting; in 1912 moved to Jasper, Ala.; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1907); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1906; appointed a member of the Inland Waterways Commission in 1907; appointed and subsequently elected to the United States Senate in 1907 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John T. Morgan; reelected in 1912 and 1918 and served from June 18, 1907, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 1, 1920; chairman, Committee on Standards, Weights, and Measures (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Interior (Sixty-sixth Congress); interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.

William B. Bankhead

William B. Bankhead

William Brockman Bankhead, (son of John Hollis Bankhead, uncle of Walter Will Bankhead, brother of John Hollis Bankhead, II), a Representative from Alabama; born in Moscow, Lamar County, Ala., April 12, 1874; attended the country schools; was graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1893 and from the Georgetown University Law School at Washington, D.C., in 1895; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Huntsville, Ala.; member of the State house of representatives in 1900 and 1901; city attorney of Huntsville, 1898-1902; moved to Jasper, Walker County, Ala., in 1905 and continued the practice of law; solicitor of the fourteenth judicial circuit of Alabama, 1910-1914; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Sixty-fourth Congress in 1914; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-September 15, 1940); chairman, Committee on Rules (Seventy-third Congress); majority leader (Seventy-fourth Congress), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Seventy-fourth to Seventy-sixth Congresses); delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1940; died on September 15, 1940, in Washington, D.C.; funeral services were held in the Hall of the House of Representatives; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.

John Hollis Bankhead, II

John H. Bankhead II

John Hollis Bankhead II, (Son of John Hollis Bankhead, brother of William Brockman Bankhead, and father of Walter Will Bankhead), a Senator from Alabama; born on a farm near Old Moscow, Lamar County, Ala., July 8, 1872; attended the public schools; graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1891 and from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1893; admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Jasper, Ala.; served in the Alabama National Guard with rank of major 1901-1903; member of the State house of representatives 1904-1905; president of the Bankhead Coal Co. 1911-1925; trustee of the University of Alabama 1917-1919 and 1931-1946; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1930; reelected in 1936 and 1942 and served from March 4, 1931, until his death in the United States Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Md., on June 12, 1946; chairman, Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation (Seventy-fifth through Seventy-ninth Congresses); interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.

Walter William Bankhead

Walter William Bankhead

Walter Will, (son of John Hollis Bankhead, II, grandson of John Hollis Bankhead, nephew of William Brockman Bankhead), a Representative from Alabama; born in Jasper, Walker County, Ala., July 21, 1897; attended the public schools; was graduated from Marion (Ala.) Military Institute in 1916, from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1919, and from the law department of the same university in 1920; was admitted to the bar in 1920 and commenced practice in Jasper, Ala.; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Chicago in 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress and served from January 3, 1941, until February 1, 1941, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law; chairman of the board of Bankhead Mining Co., Inc., and Bankhead Development Co., Inc.; president of Mammoth Packing Co. and Bankhead Broadcasting Co., Inc.; vice chairman, board of directors, First National Bank of Jasper; was a resident of Jasper, Ala., until his death in November 1988; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.

Carl Atwood Elliott

Carl Atwood Elliott

Carl Atwood Elliott, a Representative from Alabama; born in Vina, Franklin County, Ala., December 20, 1913; attended the public schools of Franklin County; was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1933 and from its law school in 1936; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced the practice of law in Russellville, Ala.; in December 1936 moved to Jasper, Ala., and continued the practice of law; served as judge of Recorders Court, Jasper, Ala., in 1942 and 1946; city attorney at various times for Dora, Parrish, Cordova, Carbon Hill, and Oakman, Ala.; served with the Seventy-ninth Division, Three Hundred and Thirteenth Infantry, United States Army, 1942-1944; member of Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee 1942-1950; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1965); chairman, Select Committee on Government Research (Eighty-eighth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; member of the bar of the District of Columbia since 1965; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Alabama in 1966; served on President's Library Commission 1967-1968; chairman, Public Evaluation Committee, Office of State Technical Services, United States Department of Commerce, 1967-1968; member, Commerce Technical Advisory Board, United States Department of Commerce, 1968-1970; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1986; owned and operated an editing and publishing business; was a resident of Jasper, Ala., until his death there on January 9, 1999; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.

Tom Bevill

Tom Bevill

Tom Bevill, a Representative from Alabama; born in Townley, Walker County, Ala., March 27, 1921; graduated from Walker County High School, 1939; graduated from University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business Administration, 1943; graduated from University of Alabama School of Law in 1948; United States Army, World War II, 1943; served in European theater of operations; lawyer, private practice; member of the Alabama state house of representatives, 1958-1966; elected as a Democrat to the Ninetieth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1997); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress; died on March 28, 2005, in Jasper, Ala; interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.Government Research (Eighty-eighth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; member of the bar of the District of Columbia since 1965; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Alabama in 1966; served on President's Library Commission 1967-1968; chairman, Public Evaluation Committee, Office of State Technical Services, United States Department of Commerce, 1967-1968; member, Commerce Technical Advisory Board, United States Department of Commerce, 1968-1970; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1986; owned and operated an editing and publishing business; was a resident of Jasper, Ala., until his death there on January 9, 1999; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.

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