William B. Bankhead
American politician
William B. Bankhead
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.
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Coley earns American Cancer Society honor - The News Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Funding cancer research through the William Bankhead and David Coley Cancer Research Program, a peer review selection program, ensures that our limited dollars fund the best research possible.”
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A Short History of Political Suicide - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
In 1940, Sumner Welles, undersecretary of state, joined FDR and a host of high government officials on a train to Alabama to the funeral of William Bankhead, who had been speaker of the House. On the way back to Washington, Welles got quite drunk and
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NYTimes - over 18 years
The Westport Playhouse Opening tomorrow night at the Westport Country Playhouse is a new, one-woman play about Eleanor Roosevelt with Maureen Stapleton as the former First Lady. The 90-minute script, ''Eleanor: Her Secret Journey,'' was written by Rhoda Lerman, based on her 1979 novel ''Eleanor.'' The play focuses in flashbacks on the period in
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Spheres of Influence
NYTimes - about 19 years
SUMNER WELLES FDR's Global Strategist. A Biography. By Benjamin Welles. Illustrated. 437 pp. New York: St. Martin's Press. $35. Sumner Welles (1892-1961) ranks among the half-dozen most influential American career diplomats of this century. And among high officials brought down by sexual scandal, he has no rivals. This long-awaited biography by his
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UNDER THE BIG TOP -- ON THE FLOOR; All Over Town, Delegates Hear About Perot
NYTimes - over 24 years
In the Florida delegation just after the opening gavel fell at the Democratic National Convention last night, Lee Barakat was telling the other delegates how she first heard Ross Perot had thrown in the towel. She had just bought a Perot button as a souvenir from a vendor in front of Macy's for a dollar, she said, when someone else standing there
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NYTimes - over 33 years
''TALLULAH,'' which is described as ''a musical cartwheel,'' is, of course, about Tallulah Bankhead. Who else? In this case, it is also about Helen Gallagher, the actress. In fact, ''Tallulah'' is Helen Gallagher. The show, which opened Monday at the TOMI Terrace Theater, is a remarkable tour de force in which Miss Gallagher is on stage constantly
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William B. Bankhead
  • 1940
    Age 65
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bankhead's father John H. Bankhead was a U.S. Representative and Senator. His elder brother John H. Bankhead II was also a U.S. Senator, and his nephew Walter Will Bankhead was a U.S. Representative. His daughter, Tallulah Bankhead, was an acclaimed actress. The William B. Bankhead National Forest and sections of old US Highway 78 in northern Alabama are named in his honor. His home in Jasper has been renovated to house the Walker Area Community Foundation's "Bankhead House and Heritage Center", a history museum and arts venue. Grossman, Mark, "Speakers of the House of Representatives 1789-2009" (New York: Grey House Publishing, 2009).
  • 1934
    Age 59
    In 1934, he was chosen House Majority Leader by his fellow Democrats.
    More Details Hide Details On June 4, 1936, he was chosen Speaker of the House to succeed Jo Byrns, who had died that morning.
  • 1930
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1916
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was the only person ever elected from the 10th District.
  • 1914
    Age 39
    In 1914, he sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative, but did not get it.
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  • 1910
    Age 35
    In 1910 he was appointed solicitor of the fourteenth judicial circuit of Alabama, serving until 1914.
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  • 1905
    Age 30
    In 1905, he moved to Jasper, Alabama.
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  • 1900
    Age 25
    In 1900, he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives for one term, serving through 1901.
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  • 1898
    Age 23
    In 1898, he became city attorney of Huntsville, serving until 1902.
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  • 1892
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He studied law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, graduating in 1895. He was immediately admitted to the bar in Alabama, and practiced law in Huntsville.
  • 1874
    Born on April 12, 1874.
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