William B. Bankhead

William B. Bankhead

Born Apr 12, 1874

William Brockman Bankhead was an American politician from Alabama who served as U.S. Representative and Speaker of the House. He was a Democrat. Bankhead was a prominent supporter of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal of pro-labor union legislation, thus clashing with most other southern Democrats in Congress at the time.… Read More

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1874 Birth Born on April 12, 1874.


1892 18 Years Old William Bankhead attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and played on the university's first football team, organized in 1892. … Read More


1898 24 Years Old In 1898, he became city attorney of Huntsville, serving until 1902.
1900 26 Years Old In 1900, he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives for one term, serving through 1901.


1905 31 Years Old In 1905, he moved to Jasper, Alabama.
1910 36 Years Old In 1910 he was appointed solicitor of the fourteenth judicial circuit of Alabama, serving until 1914.


1914 40 Years Old In 1914, he sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative, but did not get it.
1916 42 Years Old In 1916, he was elected Representative from the newly created 10th Congressional District. (Alabama was apportioned a tenth Congressional seat after the 1910 Census, but the seat was filled by at-large election in 1912 and 1914.) Bankhead held the 10th District until it was abolished after the 1930 Census, when Alabama lost a seat. … Read More


1930 56 Years Old After reapportionment and redistricting following the 1930 Census, Bankhead was re-elected Representative from the 7th District in 1932, and was re-elected three times, serving until his death in 1940.


1934 60 Years Old In 1934, he was chosen House Majority Leader by his fellow Democrats. … Read More
1940 66 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 1940 Democratic National Convention (three months before his death), he finished 2nd to Henry A. Wallace on the Vice Presidential ticket, losing the delegate count 626-329. … Read More
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