Bankhead, William Brockman, 1874-1940

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Bankhead was born 1874 April 12 to John H. and Tallulah James Brockman Bankhead near Moscow, Lamar Co., Ala. Bankhead attended the University of Ala. and Georgetown University. Upon receiving his law degree in 1895, he began practicing law in Huntsville, Ala., in 1895. Bankhead served as City Attorney for Huntsville (Ala.), solicitor of the fourteenth judicial circuit, and as a member of the Ala. Legislature prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917.

Bankhead was elected Democratic Majority Leader in 1934 and Speaker of the House in 1936, a position he occupied until his death in 1940. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 1940.

Bankhead married Adelaide (Ada) Eugene Sledge in 1900 and they had two daughters: Evelyn Eugenia and Tallulah Brockman. Adelaide died in 1902 and 1915 he married Florence McGuire. Bankhead died 1940 Sept. 15. Following memorial services in the U.S. Capitol, he was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper Ala.

From the description of Papers, 1875-1952 and n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122498578

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creatorOf William B. Bankhead autograph, undated New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968. Papers, 1902-1968. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Rayburn, Sam, papers 92-172, 92-257, 92-389, 92-415, 94-017, 96-066, 96-177, 97-347, 98-130, 2008-225, 2009-008. 29749116., 1831, 1845, 1903-2007 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Abercrombie, John W. (John William), 1866-1940. Correspondence, 1902. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. Papers of Ezra Pound h[manuscript], 1933-1937. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Alabama political figures collection MSS. 0045., unknown W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama
referencedIn Newfield, Morris, b. 1869. Papers, 1868-1940. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Bankhead family. Bankhead family photographs, 1930-1942. Alabama Department of Archives and History
creatorOf Buckler, Richard Thompson, 1865-1950. Richard T. Buckler and family papers, 1886-1957. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Alabama. Governor (1935-1939 : Graves). Public relations files, 1934-1939. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Weinberger, Harry, 1888-. Harry Weinberger papers, 1915-1944 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn McNutt mss., 1899-1955 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Adair, Roman. Diplomas and certificates collection, 1801-1954. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Warren, Lindsay C. (Lindsay Carter), 1889-1976. Lindsay C. Warren papers, 1916-1968 (bulk 1924-1954). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Alabama. Governor (1939-1943 : Dixon). Appointment files, 1939-1942. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Owen, Thomas McAdory, 1866-1920. Papers, 1853-1920. Alabama Department of Archives and History
creatorOf Bankhead, William Brockman, 1874-1940. Papers, 1875-1952 and n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Ludlow mss., 1898-1948 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Cartwright, Wilburn, 1892-1979. Congressional papers, 1898-1951. University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
creatorOf Abbott, Lyman, 1835-1922,. Papers of the Baker and Wheeler families, 1763-1954. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bankhead, John H. (John Hollis), 1842-1920. Papers, 1865-1923, and n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
creatorOf Owen, Marie Bankhead, 1869-1958. Family photographs, [18--]-[19--]. Alabama Department of Archives and History
creatorOf Alabama. Governor (1939-1943 : Dixon). Legislative tracking files, 1939-1943. Alabama Department of Archives and History
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associatedWith Abercrombie, John W. (John William), 1866-1940. person
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associatedWith Alabama. Governor (1935-1939 : Graves). corporateBody
associatedWith Alabama. Governor (1939-1943 : Dixon). corporateBody
associatedWith Alabama. Governor (1939-1943 : Dixon). corporateBody
associatedWith Alabama Mining Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Alabama Polytechnic Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Alabama Power Company. corporateBody
associatedWith American Cotton Cooperative Association. corporateBody
associatedWith American Farm Bureau Federation. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Labor. corporateBody
associatedWith American Veterans of the World War. corporateBody
associatedWith Anti-saloon League of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Bankhead, Eugenia (Evelyn Eugenia), b.1901. person
associatedWith Bankhead family. family
associatedWith Bankhead, Henry M. (Henry McAuley), b.1876. person
associatedWith Bankhead, John H. (John Hollis), 1842-1920. person
associatedWith Bankhead, John Hollis, 1872-1946. person
associatedWith Bankhead National Highway Association, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968. person
associatedWith Bankhead, Tallulah James Brockman, [ca.1840]-[ca.1922]. person
associatedWith Bankhead, Walter Will, 1879-1989. person
associatedWith Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965. person
associatedWith Beasley, Cecil A. (Cecil Acmund), b.1876. person
associatedWith Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971. person
associatedWith Bloom, Sol, 1870-1949. person
associatedWith Boykin, Frank W. (Frank William), 1885-1969. person
associatedWith Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Buckler, Richard Thompson, 1865-1950. person
associatedWith Byrns, Joseph Wellington, 1869-1936. person
associatedWith Cartwright, Wilburn, 1892-1979. person
associatedWith Chapman, Reuben, Gov. person
associatedWith Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952. person
associatedWith Clay, Clement Comer, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Collier, H. W. (Henry Watkins), 1801-1855 person
associatedWith Comer, Donald, 1877-1963. person
associatedWith Curtis, James J. person
associatedWith DeBardeleben Coal Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Democratic National Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Democratic National Congressional Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Democratic National Convention (1940 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Denny, George Hutcheson, 1870-1955. person
associatedWith De Priest, Oscar, 1871-1951. person
associatedWith Dixon, Frank M. (Frank Murray), 1892-1965. person
associatedWith Duncan, L. N. (Luther Noble), 1875-1947. person
associatedWith Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976. person
associatedWith Fies, Milton H. (Milton Henry), b. 1882. person
associatedWith Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. person
associatedWith Garner, John Nance, 1868-1967. person
associatedWith George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952. person
associatedWith Graves, Bibb, 1873-1942. person
associatedWith Graves, John Temple, 1892-1961. person
associatedWith Green, William A., 1870-1952. person
associatedWith Heflin, Thomas, 1869-1951. person
associatedWith Hill, Lister, 1894-1984. person
associatedWith Hobson, Richmond Pearson, 1870-1937. person
associatedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. person
associatedWith Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Hopkins, Harry L. (Harry Lloyd), 1890-1946. person
associatedWith Houston, Sam, 1793-1863 person
associatedWith Huddleston, George, 1869-1960. person
associatedWith Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955. person
associatedWith Jarman, Peterson Bryant, 1892-1955. person
associatedWith Jemison, Robert. person
associatedWith Julian, Knox (James Knox). person
associatedWith Kilby, Thomas Erby, 1865-1943. person
associatedWith La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947. person
associatedWith Ludlow, Louis, 1873-1950 person
associatedWith McNutt, Paul V. (Paul Vories), 1891-1955 person
associatedWith Morgenthau, Henry, 1856-1946. person
associatedWith Murfee, Hobson Owen, b.1874. person
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. corporateBody
associatedWith National Education Association of the United States. corporateBody
correspondedWith Newfield, Morris, b. 1869. person
associatedWith Oliver, William B. (William Bacon), 1867-1948. person
associatedWith O'Neal, Edward Asbury, 1875-1958. person
associatedWith Owen, Marie Bankhead, 1869-1958. person
associatedWith Owen, Thomas McAdory, 1866-1920. person
associatedWith Owen, Thomas M. (Thomas McAdory), 1894-1948. person
associatedWith Perkins, Frances, 1882-1965. person
associatedWith Pettus, E. W. person
associatedWith Pius XI, Pope, 1857-1939. person
associatedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. person
associatedWith Prater, Dewey. person
associatedWith Quinn, Yancey M. person
associatedWith Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961 person
associatedWith Reconstruction Finance Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Romney, Kenneth. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Rountree, John Asa, b.1867. person
associatedWith Sanders, Sam J. person
associatedWith Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944. person
associatedWith State Democratic Executive Committee of Alabama. corporateBody
associatedWith Steagall, Henry Bascom, 1873-1943. person
associatedWith Sunshine, Leon. person
associatedWith Tennessee Valley Authority. corporateBody
associatedWith Tunstall, Alf M. (Alfred Moore), b.1863. person
associatedWith Ucker, Clement C. person
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of Agriculture. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of Labor. corporateBody
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associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Interior. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Farm Security Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Youth Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Works Progress Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Alabama. corporateBody
associatedWith Warren, Lindsay C. (Lindsay Carter), 1889-1976. person
associatedWith Weinberger, Harry, 1888- person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
William B. Bankhead National Forest (Ala.)
Mount Rushmore National Memorial (S.D.)
Alabama |x Politics and government
Muscle Shoals (Ala.)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Southern States
United States
Vocational education
Reclamation of land--Law and legislation
Political Campaigns
African Americans
Educational law and legislation
Government, Law and Politics
Roads--Design and construction
Engineering Experiment Station
Coal mines and mining
Farm tenancy--Economic aspects
Hydroelectric power plants
Liquor laws


Birth 1874-04-12

Death 1940-09-15



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SNAC ID: 65131872