Bankhead, John Hollis, 1842-1920

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Birth 1842-09-13
Death 1920-03-01

Biographical notes:

Incorporated in Maine in 1907, the Telepost Company was an independent telegraph company using the rapid system of telegraphy invented by Patrick B. Delaney. The company operated between Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville and other cities in the west. Rates were a quarter for 25 words and a nickel for each additional 10 words when the message was delivered by messenger; and 50 words for a quarter when the message was sent by wire and delivered to the post office in a sealed envelop. That's how they came up with the name "Telepost"....Telegraph and Post Office.

From the guide to the Letters from U. S. Senators regarding the "Telepost Bill" of 1910 mss. 3730., 1910, (University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama)

Bankhead was born on 1842 Sept. 13 to James Geer and Susan Hollis Bankhead near old Moscow, Marion Co., Ala. He fought in the U.S. Civil War, 1861-1865, and was wounded.

He served in the Ala. Legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. He married Tallulah James Brockman on 1866 Nov. 13 in Wetumpka, and they had five children: Louise, Susan Marie, John Hollis, William Brockman, and Henry McAuley.

Bankhead died 1920 Mar. 1, in Washington, D.C. For more information on him, consult Thomas M. Owen, History of Ala. and Dictionary of Ala. Biography (1921), Volume III.

From the description of Papers, 1865-1923, and n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145408537


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