Artist. Born– August 2, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Parents– Vernon H. and Louise (Harris) Padgett. Education– Mary Washington College; Ringling Art School; graduated from Art Instruction, Inc., correspondence school. Married– Louis Graf. Children– Three. Named Outstanding Young Woman, 1965. Died January 1, 1985.


Dot Graf, Cullman, Ala.


Color Cullman County. S.l.; Author, 19–?

If Walls Could Talk; Whispers from Cullman, Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor Press, 1977.


Walking Through Walker County. Cullman, Ala.; Modernistic Printers, 1981.



University professor of political science. Born– October 6, 1942, Toledo, Ohio. Parents– Thomas Holloway and Jewell (Bricker) Holloway. Education– University of Toledo, B.A., 1963; M.A., 1966; Purdue University, Ph.D., 1970. Married– Anne Permaloff, December 28, 1974. Research physicist for Libby-Owens Ford Glass, 1963-1964; taught political science, University of Houston, 1968-1975; Auburn University at Montgomery, 1975-2006. Awarded Realm Foundation Fellowship, 1965-1966; Richard Weaver Fellowship, 1966-1967. Member American Political Science Association, American Association of University Professors.


Anniston Star, July 14, 1985; Contemporary Authors online.


The Politics of Higher Education. Morristown, N.J.; General Learning Press, 1973.


Behavioral Study of Political Ideology and Public Policy Formation.  Dallas; University Press of America, 2005.

Big Mules and Branchheads; James E. Folsom and Political Power in Alabama. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1985.

Politics and Power in Alabama; The More Things Change….  University of Georgia Press, 1995.


Constitutionalism of American States.  Ed. George E. Connor and Christopher W. Hammons.  Columbia; University of Missouri Press, 2008.

The Uneasy Partnership; the Dynamics of Federal, State and Urban Relations. Palo Alto, Calif.; National Press Books, 1973.



Secretary. Born– December 1, 1904, in Greensboro, N.C. Parents– Josiah S. and Queenie Marietta Pender.  Married– Hal Gray Grantham, May 19, 1924.  Children–two. Education– Draughon Business College (Montgomery); music courses at Huntingdon College; creative writing courses, Washington, D.C. and Huntsville. Served as volunteer nurse at St. Margaret’s Hospital; stenographer for Boy Scouts and VFW; secretary during WWII; pianist. Member of Huntsville Writers Club. Died July 2, 1993.


Mrs. Hal G. Grantham, Huntsville, Ala.


Always A Mountain. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode Publishing Co., 1984.



Writer.  Born New Orleans, July 8, 1929 (spent most of her childhood in Montgomery).  Parents–Adolph Eugene and Katherine Onion Grau.  Married–James Kern Feibleman, August 4, 1955.  Children–five.  Education:  Tulane University, B. A., 1950.  Wrote novels, as well as stories, and articles published in journals and magazines.   Taught creative writing, University of New Orleans, 1966-67.  Pulitizer Prize, 1965.  Honorary doctorates from Rider College and Spring Hill College.  Inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame, 2018.


Contemporary Authors online.


The Black Prince and Other Stories.  New York:  Knopf, 1955.

The Condor Passes.  Knopf, 1971.

Evidence of Love.  New York:  Random House, 1977.

The Hard Blue Sky.  Knopf, 1958.

House on Coliseum Street.  Knopf, 1961.

The Keepers of the House.  Knopf, 1964.

Nine Women.  Knopf, 1985.

Roadwalkers.  Knopf, 1994.

Selected Stories.  Baton Rouge:  LSU Press, 2003.

The Wind Shifting West.  Knopf, 1973.



Teacher; professor of education.  Born– January 14, 1931, in Houston, Tex. Parents– A. J. and Lucille (Martin) Graves. Married– Eloise Davis, June 10, 1955. Children– three. Education– Baylor University, B.A., 1956; University of Florida, M.Ed., 1960; Florida State University, Ph.D., 1965. Served in U.S. Air Force, 1951-1954. Taught in Tampa Public Schools, 1957-1963; research assistant, Florida State University, 1963-1965; taught at Auburn University, 1965-1995. Member of National Council of Teachers of English and other professional organizations. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at Auburn, 1995.


Contemporary Authors online; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1982.


Rhetoric and Composition; a Sourcebook for Teachers. Rochelle Park, N.J; Hayden Book Co., 1976.

Writing, Teaching, Learning: A Sourcebook.  Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishing, 1999.

Joint Editor;

Presence of Mind; Writing and the Domain beyond the Cognitive.  Portsmouth, NH; Boynton/Cook Publishing, 1999.



Historian; university professor. Born– June 25, 1944, Montgomery. Married Linda Crockett, November 27, 1968. Children– Three. Education– University of Montevallo, B.A., 1966; Florida State University, M.A., 1967, Ph.D., 1970. Taught at Troy State University, Dothan/Ft. Rucker Branch after 1970. Published articles in scholarly periodicals and journals.  Died November 2, 1993.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982; Contemporary Authors online.


Autauga County; the First Hundred Years, 1818-1918. Prattville, Ala; Autauga County-Prattville Public Library, 1972.

Alabama; a Place, a People, a Point of View. Dubuque, Iowa; Kendall Hunt, 1977.

Dilemma for a Christian State. Troy, Ala.; Troy State University Press, 1974.

In the Words of Napoleon; a Collection of Quotations of Napoleon Bonaparte. Troy, Ala.; Troy State University Press, 1977.



Novelist; teacher.  Born July 20, 1943, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (naturalized American citizen, 1962).  Parents– E.C. and Christina M. Crockett.  Married– (1) Daniel S. Gray, November 27, 1968; children–three;  married (2)– Mike Bush, April 4, 1991. Education– Florida State University, B.A., 1964; M.A., 1968.  Junior high school English teacher in Florida, 1964-70; English instructor, Army Warrant Officer Career College, Fort Rucker, Alabama, 1971-80; free-lance writer after 1980.


Contemporary Authors online.


Carousel, Tor, 1990.

Dark Window.  New American Library, 1991.

Fortune’s Fugitive.  Playboy Press, 1980.

Mama’s Boy.  New American Library, 1989.

Safelight.  New American Library, 1992.

Sandman, Tor, 1990.

Satyr, Playboy Press, 1981.

Scryer, Tor, 1987.

Siren, Playboy Press, 1982.

Tangerine, Tor, 1998.

Published under the pseudonym Christina Crockett;

Moment of Magic, Harlequin, 1983.

Passion’s Key.  Harlequin, 1983.

Song of the Seabird, Harlequin, 1984.

To Touch a Dream, Harlequin, 1983.

Windward Passage, Harlequin, 1985.


Alabama; A Place, A People, A Point of View.  Dubuque, Iowa; Kendall/Hunt, 1977.

Render unto God; Economic Vulnerability, Family Violence, and Pastoral Theology.  St. Louis; Chalice Press, 2002.



Retail grocer and real-estate agent.  Born– May 4, 1857, Auburn. Moved to Selma at the age of ten. Parents– Spencer Monroe and Cornelia (Dillard) Grayson. Married– Adele Stokes, June 16, 1882.  Children–2. Married– Julia Marian Wachope, February 12, 1889. Children– 5. Education– Dallas Academy.  Published columns of reminiscences in the Selma Times-Journal. Died November 12, 1948.


Files at Auburn University Libraries Special Collections;


A Short Biography of My Life. S.l.; s.n. 1946?

Yesterday and Today; Memories of Selma and its People. New Orleans; Pelican Press, 1948.

GREEN, ASA NORMAN, 1929-2012


City manager, college administrator, university president. Born– July 22, 1929, in Mars Hill, Me. Parents– Clayton John and Annie Glenna (Shaw) Green.  Married–Elizabeth Jean Zirkelback Ross, May 27, 1965. Children–one. Education– Bates College, A.B., 1951; University of Alabama, M.A., 1955.  Military service: Korean conflict.  Served as research director for the Alabama League of Municipalities, 1955-1957; city manager, Mountain Brook, Ala., 1957-1971; director of development, Birmingham Southern College, 1966-1971, Dickinson College, 1971-1972; president, Livingston University (Ala.), 1972-1994; taught in University of Alabama, Extension Division. Graduate fellow of the Southern Regional Training Program in Public Administration. President of University of South Alabama Foundation, 2004. Member of Phi Beta Kappa. Granted status of president emeritus on his retirement at the University of West Alabama, 1993. Honorary LL.D., Jacksonville State College, 1975.  Died March 26, 2012.


Marquis who’s who online


Municipal Finance in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama League of Municipalities and Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1956.

Revenues for Alabama’s Cities. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama League of Municipalities and Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1956.



Attorney, judge. Born– August 8, 1863, Lee County. Parents– Rinaldo M. and Martha Ann (Bullard) Greene. Married– Margaret Jordan Morrow, May 6, 1896. Children– Three. Education– Emory College, A.B., 1884; University of Alabama, LL.B., 1886. Practiced law in Birmingham after 1886; served in Alabama State Legislature during 1896-98; associate judge, Criminal Court of Jefferson County, 1901-05; senior judge, 1905-1910. Democrat, Mason, Knight of Pythias, and Knight of Honor. Died June 16, 1923.


Owen’s Dictionary of Alabama Biography.


Government and the Telegraph, Being the Johnson Prize Essay of the University of Alabama for the Year 1886. Philadelphia; J. & J. W. Johnson & Co., 1890.


Masonic Manual, Grand Lodge of Alabama, A.F. & A.M. Birmingham, Ala.; Dispatch, 1903.



Writer, teacher, librarian. Born– April 5, 1867. Tuscaloosa. Parents– Thomas Finley and Virginia (Owen) Greene. Education– Tuscaloosa Female College.  Local correspondent for the Philadelphia Times, 1883-86; Taught in Birmingham and Montgomery; principal of Capitol Hill School, Montgomery and of La Fayette Public School; in 1909, assistant to the library division of the Alabama State Department of Archives and History; Director of the Birmingham Public Library; columnist and women’s page editor of the Birmingham News. Resigned in 1913 and returned to Montgomery to devote her life to writing. Wrote chiefly children’s books and textbooks.  Active supporter of Birmingham Little Theater.  Died December 9, 1937.


Owen’s The Story of Alabama, Vol. 3.


America First. New York; Scribner, 1918.

The Devil to Pay. New York; Scribner, 1918.

Into the Night; a Story of New Orleans. New York; Grossett & Dunlap, 1909.

Legends of King Arthur and his Court. Boston; Ginn & Co., 1901.

My Country’s Voice. New York; Scribner, 1918.

One Clear Call. New York; Scribner, 1914.

The Right of the Strongest. New York; Scribner, 1913.

Speaking of Adam, a Comedy in Three Acts. Montgomery, Ala.; 1915.

The Ultimate American, a Comedy. Montgomery, Ala.; 1913.


American Ideals; a Series of Readers for Schools. New York; Scribner, 1920.

The Last Enemy; a Drama in Three Acts. New York?; (Mimeographed), 193-?

With Spurs of Gold; Heroes of Chivalry and Their Deeds. Boston; Little, Brown, & Co., 1905.



Writer. Born– February 17, 1940, Sheffield. Parents– Harold Reed and Myrtle (Able) Greenhaw. Married (1) Faye Berry, 1965; (2) Sarah Virginia Maddox, 1972. Education– Study at Instituto Allende, Mexico, 1959-1960; University of Alabama, B.S., 1966. Technical writer, newspaper reporter, writer of television scripts, and editor. Sports reporter for Tuscaloosa News, 1958-62; sports columnist, Graphics weekly, 1963-64; writer for education project at Draper Correctional Center, 1964-65. Reporter at Alabama Journal, 1965-76; editor and publisher, Alabama Magazine, 1984-88.   Director of Alabama Bureau of Tourism, 1993-95. Served on White House Conference on Travel and Torism, 1995.  Appointed to Alabama Humanities Forum Board of Directors, 2000. Winner of Harper Lee Award from Alabama Writer’s Forum, 2006; Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction, University of Alabama College of Communications, 2005. Reporting award, Associated Press Managing Editors Association, 1968; Nieman Fellow, Harvard, 1972-1973.  Died May 31, 2011.


Encyclopedia of Alabama (online).

Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1973.


Alabama; A State of Mind.  Montgomery; Black Belt Press, 2000.

Alabama on My Mind; Politics, People, History, and Ghost Stories. Montgomery, Ala.; Sycamore Press, 1987.

Alabama: Portrait of A State. Montgomery:  Black Belt Press, 1997.

Beyond the Night;  A Remembrance.  Montgomery; Black Belt Press, 1999.

Elephants in the Cottonfields; Ronald Reagan and the New Republican South. New York; Macmillan, 1982.

Fighting the Devil in Dixie; How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.  Chicago; Lawrence Hill Books, 2010.

Flying High; Inside Big Time Drug Smuggling. New York; Dodd, 1984.

A Generous Life; W. James Samford Jr.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2009.

Ghosts on the Road; Poems of Alabama, Mexico, and Beyond. Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2007.

The Golfer. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1967.

King of Country.  Montgomery; Black Belt Press, 1994.

The Long Journey; A Novel.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2001.

The Making of a Hero; The Story of Lieutenant William Calley Jr.  Louisville, Ky.; Touchstone Pub. Co., 1971.

Montgomery, the Biography of a City.  Montgomery; Advertiser Company, 1993.

Montgomery, the River City.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2002.

My Heart Is in the Earth; True Stories of Alabama and Mexico.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2001.

The Spider’s Web, A Novella and Other Stories.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2003.

Tombigee and Other Stories.  Montgomery; Sycamore Press, 1991.

Watch Out for George Wallace. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1976.


Montgomery: Center Stage in the South: A Contemporary Portrait.  Chatsworth, CA: Windsor Publications, 1990.

Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People who Broke the Back of Jim Crow.  Chicago:  Lawrence Hill Press, 2006.


The papers of Wayne Greenhaw are held by the Library at Auburn University Montgomery.



Reporter, free-lance writer. Born– March 30, 1919, in Atlanta, Ga. (moved to Birmingham at the age of three with her family).  Parents– John and Floy (Jarrett) Bradford. Married– John Robert Greer, Sr., December 23, 1936.  Children–three. Education– diploma, Newspaper Institute of America, 1952.  Reporter for Mobile Register, 1954-1955, 1962-1965.  Wrote stories and articles for national magazines and newspapers. Awarded first prize by American Laundry Manufacturers, 1962; the Douglas L. Cannon Medical Reporting Award, 1965. Member of the board of Mobile Mental Health Center, American Pen Women, Octavia LeVert Toastmistress Club. Died February 8, 2008.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1975; Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 3; finding aid to Virginia Bradford papers, University of South Alabama website.


Emergency; the True Story of a Woman’s Faith and Service as an Emergency Room Volunteer. Chappaqua, N.Y.; Christian Herald House, 1977.

Give Them Their Dignity. Richmond, Va.; John Knox Press, 1963.

The Glory Woods; a Hymn of Healing. Chappaqua, N.Y.; Christian Herald House, 1976.

Mobile, Talk about A Town! Attic Salt Press, 1985.


The papers of Virginia Bradford Greer are held by the library at the University of South Alabama.




Sociologist; university professor; motivational speaker. Born– August 12, 1934, Spartanburg, S.C. Parents–Benjamin F. and Irene Hill Griessman. Children–three. Education– Tennessee Temple College, B.P., 1956; Baylor University, M.A., 1958; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1962; Louisiana State University, Ph.D., 1966. Taught at North Carolina State University, 1966-1970; director of NC State Center for Occupational Education, 1967-1970; sociology professor and department head, Auburn University, 1970-1982; director, National Evaluation of Concerted Services in Training and Education, 1961-1970; proposal reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities; moderator and producer of TV’s “Options” and “Insight.” Founder and executive director, Atlanta Speakers Bureau and Griessman and Associates. Developed Lincoln impersonation presentation “An Evening with Abraham Lincoln”; presented in many venues.  Fellow of the American Anthropology Association; contributing editor International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. Member of Alpha Kappa Delta, American and Southern Sociological Associations, Southern Anthropological Association. Member Television Academy and Dramatists Guild.  Received Benjamin Franklin Award.


Marquis Who’s Who online; Contemporary Authors online


The Achievement Factor …. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1987.

Diversity:  Challenges and Opportunities.  HarperCollins, 1993.

Planned Change in Low-Income Rural Areas; …. Raleigh, N.C.; Center for Occupational Education, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, 1969.

Image and Memories: Georgia Tech, 1885-1985. Atlanta; Georgia Tech Foundation, 1985.

Lessons from Legends, 2006.

Lincoln and Obama. 2012.

Lincoln’s Wisdom, 2012.

Time Tactics of Very Successful People. McGraw-Hill,  1994.

Words Lincoln Lived By.


Factors related to Communication of Forest Fire Prevention Messages; …. Baton Rouge, La.?; The State University, 1967.

Lincoln Speaks to Leaders.  Elevate, 2009.


The Concerted Services Approach to Developmental Change in Rural Areas; …. Raleigh; Center for Occupational Education, North Carolina State University, 1968.


Minorities; a Text and Readings in Intergroup Relations. Hinsdale, Ill.; Dryden Press, 1975.


The Southern Mystique:  The Impact of Technology University, Ala.; Published for Auburn University by the University of Alabama Press, 1977.



College Professor of business. Born– April 22, 1924, in Lynchburg, S.C. Parents– Simon and Mary Sue (Kirby) Griffin. Education– Winthrop College, B.S., 1945; University of Tennessee, M.S., 1948; Ohio State University, Ph.D., 1961. Taught at Brevard College, 1945-1947; Georgia State University, 1947-1948; University of Alabama, 1949-1959, 1961-1962; University of Illinois, 1962-1963; Clemson University, 1963-1964; Bowling Green State University; Radford College. Member of American Academy of Management, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Pi Epsilon, National Federation of Professional, and Business Women’s Clubs. Died November 1, 2008.


Contemporary Authors online


Records Management; a Modern Tool for Business. Boston; Allyn & Bacon, 1964.


A collection of the papers of Mary Claire Griffin is held by the Archives and Special Collections Department of McConnell Library at Radford University.

GRIFFITH, GEORGE P., 1902-1989


Lawyer, teacher. Born–November 2, 1902.  Education– high school in Buchanan, Ga.; Southern Shorthand and Business University, 1924; Emory University, LL.B., 1926. Married– Frances Virginia Berrier, 1923. Children– Two. Served as legal apprentice, Buchanan, 1917-1925; member Georgia Bar, 1926-1966; instructor of law, Treasury Law Enforcement Officer Training School, 1930-1965. Honored with Treasury Special Service Award, 1959; Treasury Gallatin (Esteem) Award, 1964. Resided in Irondale, Ala., 1947; published stories in Birmingham News. Died January 26, 1989.


Popper Gander; Birmingham News, January 26, 1947.


Florida’s Popper Gander. Pelham, Ga.; The Pelham Journal, 1942.

How to Sell Your Home for a Profit. Washington, D.C.; Equity Publishers, 1966.

Life and Adventures of Revenooer No. 1. Birmingham, Ala.; Gander Publishers, 1975.

Popper Gander; a Mother Goose Transition Book Designed for Parents and Teachers; a Vocabulary Builder and Educator. Washington, D.C.; Gander Publishers, 1976?, 1966.



Historian; professor of  history. Born– October 25, 1905, in Bessville, Mo. Parents– Lawrence Clinton and Caroline (Mabuce) Griffith. Education– Belhaven College, A.B., 1929; Tulane University, M.A., 1942; Brown University, Ph.D., 1957. Taught high school in Mississippi; head, History Department, East Mississippi Junior College, Scooba; taught history at the University of Montevallo, 1946-1973; headed Social Sciences Department. Member of American and Southern Historical Associations, Society of American Historians, American Association of University Professors, American Association of University Women (President of Alabama Division, 1962-64). Led effort to establish a public library in Montevallo; served as chair of Montevallo Library Board. Died 1993.


Contemporary Authors online; Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 3; findagrave website


Alabama; a Documentary History to 1900. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1968.

Alabama College, 1896-1969. Montevallo, Ala.; s.n., 1969.

History of Alabama, 1540-1900;  Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1962.

Virginia House of Burgesses, 1750-1774. Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1963.


I Always Wore My Topi; The Burma Letters of Ethel Mabuce.  University of Alabama Press, 1974.

Letters from Alabama, 1817-1854, by Anne Royall.  University of Alabama Press, 1972.

Yours Till Death; Civil War Letters of John W. Calton. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1951.

GRIMES, MARTIN, 1918-1974


Soldier. Born– August 8, 1918, Bradleytown. Married– Acie Lee Duke. Children– Five. Resident of Cordova and Jasper before joining the U.S. Army just before World War II. Served in South Pacific during World War II; promoted to Captain, but apparently reverted to the enlisted ranks after the war; retired as 1st Sergeant in 1962. Resident of Prattville in 1972. Died October 16, 1974.


Turnip Greens and Sergeant Stripes.


Turnip Greens and Sergeant Stripes. New Rochelle, N.Y.; Arlington House, 1972.



Writer. Born– March 23, 1943, in Washington, D.C.; grew up in Baldwin County.  Parents– Winston Francis and Ruth (Knudson) Groom. Married– Ruth Noble in 1969; divorced, 1974. Married– Anne Clinton, 1987.  Children– one. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1965. Served in U.S. Army, 1965-1967; attained rank of captain. Staff writer for Washington Star, 1967-1976, free-lance writer after 1976. Member Authors Guild, Authors League of America.  Received the Best Fiction Award from the Southern Library Association, 1980; Studio Crystal Heart Award, 1995; Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Author of the Year, 2011. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, 1984


Contemporary Authors online.


1942:  The Year that Tried Men’s Souls.  NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005.

As Summers Die. New York; Summit Books, 1980.

Better Times Than These; a Novel. New York; Summit Books, 1978.

Conversations With the Enemy; the Story of PFC Robert Garwood. New York; Putnam, 1983.

The Crimson Tide:  An Illustrated History of Football at the University of Alabama.  Tuscaloosa, 2000.

Forrest Gump. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1986.

Gone the Sun. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1988.

Gump and Company.  New York: Pocket Books, 1995.

Gumpisms:  The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump.  NY: Pocket Books, 1994.

Kearney’s March: The Epic Journey that Created the American Southwest, 1846-1847.  NY: Alfred A, Knopf, 2011.

Only. New York; Putnam, 1984.

Patriotic Fire:  Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte at the Battle of New Orleans.  NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Ronald Reagan: Our Fortieth President.  Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2012.

Shiloh, 1862.  Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2012.

Shrouds of Glory:  From Atlanta to Nashville, The Last Great Campaign of the Civil War.  Boston:  Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994.

A Storm in Flanders:  The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918:  Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front.  NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005.

Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl.  New York:  Random House, 1999.

Vicksburg, 1863.  NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

GROSS, BEN SAMUEL, 1890-1979


Attorney, journalist. Born– November 23, 1890, Birmingham. Parents– Adolph and Sarah (Kaufman) Gross. Married– Kathleen Cotter, December 21, 1931. Education– Study at Tulane University; University of Alabama, LL.B., 1914. Served with U.S.Army in France, WWI. Admitted to State Bar of Alabama in 1915, practiced law in Birmingham, 1915-17; reporter for the Bronx Home News, 1919; World Travel Magazine, 1919-1920; New York Morning Telegraph, 1922-1923; for the Associated Press during 1924. Radio-television editor and critic for the New York Daily News, 1925-1971. News and political commentator for several radio and television stations.  In addition to his book, was author of two plays, Husbands, in 1927, and What This Town Needs, in 1937. Member, National and Overseas Press Clubs, Radio Pioneers, and University of Alabama Alumni Association. Died August 13, 1979.


Contemporary Authors online; Marquis Who’s Who online


I Looked and I Listened; Informal Recollections of Radio and T.V. New York; Random House, 1954.





Historian; College professor. Born– April 22, 1936, Wedowee. Parents– Carey Arlin and Minnie Lee (Parker) Gross. Education– Baylor University, B.A., 1957; Auburn University, M.A., 1962; University of Georgia, Ph.D., 1969. Teacher, Augusta College; graduate fellow, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia; professor of history at Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia,  1967-97. Contributor to the Encyclopedia of Southern History. Awarded status of professor emeritus upon his retirement at Armstrong State in 1997.


History Department, Armstrong State College.


The Disenfranchisement of Blacks in Alabama, 1901. Birmingham, Ala.; Alabama Center for Higher Education, 1979.



Elocutionist; poet. Born– June 26, 1889, River Bend. Parents– Frank F. and Linnie P. Crowe. Married– William Porcher Guerard. Children– one. Education– Graduate of Alabama College, student of expression and poetry at Columbia College of Expression, Chicago. Presented readings throughout the South; won awards for poems, including the ballad prize of the Poetry Society of Alabama and the Rondel Prize offered through Kaleidograph. Died December 27, 1985.


Files at the Alabama Public Library Service.


Singing Thought. Dallas; Kaleidograph Press, 1939.



Baptist minister; educator. Born– August 5, 1906, near Marietta, Ga. Parents– William Thomas and Nora (Eubanks) Guffin. Education– Mercer University, A.B., 1930; B.D., 1935; Th.M. (1936) and Th.D. (1941), Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Married– Lorene Parrish on August 30, 1930. Children– Two. Principal, junior high school, Mableton Ga., 1927-1928; in Marietta, 1930-1933. Ordained in Baptist Church, 1927; served churches in Marietta, 1928-1933; Merchantville, N.J., 1935-1942; Jasper, Ala., 1942-1947. Served as dean of Baptist Seminars, Walker College, 1942-1947; founder and director of Extension Division at Howard College, 1947-1949; president, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1950-1961; founder and president of Eastern College in Philadelphia, 1961; Dean of Religion, Samford University, 1961-1971. Trustee of Eastern Baptist College and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1961. Honorary LL.D., Atlanta Law School, 1951; D.D., Mercer University, 1955; L.H.D. Eastern College, 1972. Freedoms Foundation Awards, a960 and 1961.Died July 12, 1992.


Contemporary Authors online


The Bible; God’s Missionary Message to Man. 2 vols. Birmingham, Ala.; Woman’s Missionary Union, 1973.

Called of God; the Work of the Ministry. Westwood, N.J.; Revell, 1951.

The Gospel in Isaiah. Nashville; Convention Press, 1968.

How to Run a Church; or, Guides in Church Administration. Birmingham, Ala.; Howard College, 1948.

Pastor and Church; a Manual for Pastoral Leadership. Nashville; Broadman, 1955.


What God Hath Wrought; Easter’s First Thirty-Five Years. Chicago; Judson Press, 1960.


Fifty-eight Evangelistic Sermons.  New York:  Harper, 1964.


Writer; engineer. Born September 30, 1951, South Carolina.  Parents– William Watson and Una Mae Spears Guillebeau. Married–Pat Leary, 1988. Children–three. Software engineer for NASA, U. S. Department of Defense, Boeing. Author of mysteries; published many short stories in anthologies, websites, and periodicals. Finalist for Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel in Literary Suspense, 2014.
Michael Guillebeau website
Contemporary Authors online;

Josh Whoever. Detroit: Five Star Mysteries, 2013.
Play Nice. 2016.
Shark’s Tooth: Emerald Coast Murder.
A Study in Detail. Detroit: Five Star Mysteries, 2015.
Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now.



Sociologist; Professor. Born– December 15, 1942, in Watonga, Okla. Parents– Leo Carl and Clara (Van Dorn) Gundlach. Education– Oklahoma State University, B.A., 1969; University of Texas, M.A., 1975; Ph.D., 1978. Married– Carol, April 31, 1969. Children– One. Professor of sociology at Auburn University, retired 2007.   Whistle-blower for an academic scandal at Auburn in 2006.


James H. Gundlach, Auburn, Ala.


Population Projections of Alabama Counties for 1980, 1990, and 2000 A.D. Auburn, Ala.; Auburn University, 1978.

Sociological Forum. Lexington, Mass.; Xerox Individual Publications, 1976.

GUTHRIE, McCOY, 1910-1995


Methodist clergyman, educator. Born– August 15, 1910. Parents–William E. and Alice Guthrie. Married– Annie D. Davenport. Children– Two. Education– Study at Birmingham Southern College, Emory University, Harvard University. Military service, WWII. Methodist minister in Guntersville; professor, Florence State University; vice president, Athens College. Died May 11, 1995.




Thirty Days of Christian Living on the Job.  Guntersville, Ala.: First United Methodist Church, 1974.


Forty Days of Love.  Guntersville, Ala.: First United Methodist Church, s.d.



Professor, college administrator.  Born– December 1, 1898, in Savannah, Ga. Parents– David Cook and Ella (Roberts) Parkhurst. Married–Ignacio L. Guzman, June 25, 1940. Education– Howard University, A.B., 1919; Columbia University, M.A., 1924; University of Chicago, 1935-1936; American University, 1955-1957.  Taught in public schools, Greensboro, N.C.; Dillard University and New Orleans College, 1922-1923; Alabama State Teachers College, 1929-1930; Tuskegee Institute, 1923-1928 and 1930-1965, serving as professor, dean of women, and Director of Department of Records and Research. Published articles in numerous professional journals. Edited Negro Yearbook, 1947, 1952.  Secretary, Southern Educational Fund; director, Tuskegee branch of NAACP. Tuskegee Woman of the Year, 1949.  Died October 25, 1996.


Who’s Who of American Women, 1972; Negro Almanac, 1983; In Black and White, 1980.


Crusade for Civic Democracy; the Story of the Tuskegee Civic Association, 1941-1970. New York; Vantage Press, 1984.

George Washington Carver; a Classified Bibliography. Tuskegee, Ala.; Department of Records and Research, Tuskegee Institute, 1954.

Some Achievements of the Negro Through Education. Tuskegee, Ala.; Department of Records and Research, Tuskegee Institute, 1951.

Twenty Years of Court Decisions Affecting Higher Education in the South.  Tuskegee, Ala: Tuskegee Institute, 1960.


Desegregation and the Southern States 1957; Legal Action and Voluntary Group Action. Tuskegee, Ala.; Department of Records and Research, Tuskegee Institute, 1951.


Civil Rights and the Negro; a List of References Relating to Present Day Discussions. Tuskegee, Ala.; Department of Records and Research, Tuskegee Institute, 1950.



Baptist minister. Born– March 5, 1876, in Elberon, Va. Parents– John Avington Merritt and Sarah Rebecca (Deering) Gwaltney. Married–Richie Thornton Peters, September 23, 1902.  Children–five. Education– University of Richmond, 1899-1904; Union Theological Seminary, 1904-1905; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Th.M.; Potomac University, STD, 1908. Ordained in 1902.  Served churches in Prattville, Greenville, and Florence; editor, Alabama Baptist, 1919-1950; trustee, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; organized the Baptist Foundation. President Alabama Baptist State Convention, 1935-37; Alabama Temperance Alliance. Honorary Litt. D., Howard College, 1927. Died November 10, 1955.


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Christ and Our Liberties. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co., 1937.

Forty of the Twentieth; or, The First Forty Years of the Twentieth Century. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co. 1940.

Herald of Freedom. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1939.

Man’s Fairest Hope. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1925.

A Message For Today on the Chariots of Fire. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co., 1941.

A Rosary of Facts. Birmingham Printing Company, 1936.

HAAGEN, VICTOR B., 1928-2001


Photojournalist. Born–December 30, 1928,  Jersey City, New Jersey. Parents–Thor Bernard and Della Benton Haagen.  Served in Signal Corps, U.S. Army. Cameraman in post-war Germany; worked and trained in New York City; later in South Florida and the Bahamas; photographic staff, NATO, 1955; Marshall Space Flight Center, Photographic Division (7 years); free-lance photojournalist after 1967. Died December 7, 2001.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service;


Alabama, Portrait of a State. Huntsville, Ala.; Wingate Books, 1968.

Pictorial History of Huntsville, 1805-1865. Huntsville, Ala.; s.n., 1963.



Writer, teacher, suffrage activist. Born– Montgomery, March 1, 1898. Parents– John Anton and Venetia Hall Haardt. Married– H.L. Mencken, August 27, 1930. Education– Graduate of Margaret Booth Preparatory School, Montgomery, 1916; B.A., Goucher College, 1920. Teacher at Margaret Booth and at Goucher. Active in women’s suffrage crusade in Alabama. Contributed short stories and essays to Century Magazine, Mercury, Vanity Fair, and other periodicals. Her novels and short stories examined the effects of peculiarly Southern attitudes toward women, marriage, money, and race, on Southern characters. Phi Beta Kappa.  Died May 31, 1935.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service; Mencken, by Carl Bode. Southern Illinois University Press, 1969.


The Love Story of an Old Maid; She Began to Love at Sixteen, but Waited–for What? Girard, Kan.; Haldeman-Julius, 1927.

The Making of a Lady. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1931.

Southern Album. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1936.

Southern Souvenirs:  Selected Stories and Essays of Sara Haardt.  University of Alabama Press, 1999.


The Library of Goucher College, Baltimore, holds the papers of Sara Powell Haardt in the Mencken Collection.



Professor. Born– April 7, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Married– Mary Jean Woodruff.  Children– two. Education– University of Michigan, A.B., 1955; A.M., 1956; Ph.D., 1968. Taught at Jackson (Mich.) High School, 1958-1961; Ann Arbor High School, 1961-1963; University of Michigan, 1965-1968; St. Louis University, 1963-1973; University of Alabama in Birmingham 1973-. Published articles in Thoreau Journal Quarterly and South Atlantic Bulletin. Director of the Dan Joselyn Symposium, Tannehill State Park. Helped found the scholarship program at the Alabama Youth Ballet Company. UAB’s Humanities Forum, an ongoing lecture series, was named Theodore Haddin Arts and Sciences Forum in his honor. Received emeritus status on his retirement at UAB.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982; Contemporary Literature in Birmingham.


By a Doorway, in the Garden.  Birmingham: Druid Press, 1991.

The River and the Road. Birmingham, Ala.; Thunder City Press, 1983.



Physician. Born– July 7, 1940, Birmingham. Education– Medical College of Alabama, M.D., 1965; internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center; residency at Mayo Clinic, 1966-1967. Served in the U.S. Air Force, 1967-1969.  Practiced medicine in Birmingham. Attending physician and director of Medical Education at Carraway Methodist Hospital. Taught medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, specializating in Endocrinology, 1970-1976. Member, Endocrine Society, American Thyroid Association, American Diabetes Association, and American Medical Association.


Biographical Directory of the American College of Physicians, 1979.


Self-Assessment of Current Knowledge in Internal Medicine; 1,090 Multiple Choice Questions and Referenced Answers. Garden City, N.Y.; Medical Examination Pub. Co., 1978.



Teacher, linguist, Indian colonization agent. Born– January 14, 1837,  Yorkville, Pickens Co. Parents– Percival Pickens and Jane Owen Halbert. Education– Union University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., A.M., 1856. Participated with State Troops of Texas in campaigns against Kiowa and Comanche; served as a private in the 6th Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army. Taught in various schools and colleges, 1866-1899; said to have taught members of Choctaw tribe for twenty years. Worked as colonization agent for the removal of Mississippi Choctaw Indians to the west of the Mississippi River, 1900-1903. Later, literary historian and archaeologist in Montgomery. Died May 9, 1916.


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Joint Creek War of 1813 and 1814. Montgomery, Ala.; White, Woodruff, & Fowler, 1895.


A Dictionary of the Choctaw Language. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1915.



Writer; homemaker. Born– October 4, 1914, Brilliant, Ala. Parents– Howard L. and Josephine (Cochran) Thomas. Married– Guy Thomas Halbrooks, September 30, 1935. Children– Two. Education– Graduate of John Herbert Phillips High School, 1933; correspondence course in creative writing, Christian Writers School, 1966. Contributor to anthologies, poetry magazines, and Sunday school materials. Awards from Alabama State Poetry Society, Alabama Writers conclave, Birmingham Quill Club, and Birmingham branch of the Pen Women of America. Died July 15, 2004.


Ruth Thomas Halbrooks, Birmingham;


Gentle with this World.  Birmingham:  Thommlaine Press, 1991.

Joy Springs, Poems. Birmingham, Ala.; Wright’s Letter Shop, 1971.

Look out from the Mountain. Birmingham, Ala.; Wright’s Letter Shop, 1974.

Songs of the Heart. Birmingham, Ala.; Johnson Printing Co., 1976.



Clergyman, educator. Born– August 18, 1857, New Market, Madison Co. Parents– Philip Perry and Caroline Susan (Gulledge) Hale. Married– Lena Lyle Bolinger, December 8, 1885. Children– Seven. Education– Howard College, A.B., 1879; graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1883; post-graduate work at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ordained a Baptist minister; pastor in Danville, Kentucky, Birmingham, Roanoke, Virginia, and Owensboro, Kentucky. Editor, The Birmingham Baptist; president, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, 1904-06; corresponding secretary for Baptist Education Society of Kentucky, 1906-09, and lecturer and financial secretary at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Founder and first president, Southern Baptist Educational Conference.  Honors– Howard College, D.D., 1890; Union University, LL.D. Died December 23, 1926.


Marquis who’s who online; Biographical Dictionary of Southern Authors; Library of Southern Literature, Vol. 15.


Letters on a European Tour. S.l.; s.n., s.d.

Letters on a Tour through Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Holy Land. S.l.; s.n., s.d.


Birmingham Baptist. Birmingham, Ala. ; s.n., s.d.



Physician. Born September 24, 1902 — Albertville. Parents–Dr. William Presley Hall and Mildred Ann Young Hall (brother of Ivo Hall Sparkman, wife of Senator John Sparkman).  Married–Mildred Guay, June 30, 1940.  Children–two.  Education– University of Alabama, B.S., 1922; University of Pennsylvania, M.Sc.; Tulane University, M.D.; further study at Harvard, Columbia, and Mayo Clinic. Served in U.S. Army during World War II, serving in North Africa, Italy, and Germany; practiced medicine at Louisiana State Charity Hospital, and at hospitals in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Died June 8, 2002.


A Doctor Reminisces;


A Doctor Reminisces. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1978.



Newspaper editor. Born– January 11, 1888, Haleburg. Parents– William Rabun and Parmelia Ann (Davis) Hall. Married– Claudia McCurdy English, May 14, 1912. Children– One. Education– Alabama country schools. Printer’s devil in Dothan, 1905; editor, Enterprise Ledger, 1907; Dothan Daily Siftings, 1908; managing editor, Selma Times, 1909; editorial writer, Pensacola Journal, 1910; associate editor and editor, Montgomery Advertiser, 1910-1941.  Appointed probate judge in Montgomery County, 1933, served 1933-34 but was defeated for re-election. Served in Alabama National Guard, 1906-1908. Member of personnel board of State Merit System. First Southern editor to support Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Presidency.  Argued for release of the Scottsboro boys. Winner of $500 Pulitzer Prize for “best editorial writing in 1928″ for editorials in the Advertiser against gangism, flogging, and racial and religious intolerance. Died January 9, 1941.


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Daniel Hollis, An Alabama Newspaper Tradition. University of Alabama Press, 1983.


The Egregious Gentile Called to Account. Montgomery, Ala.; Montgomery Advertiser, 1939. (published in the U.S. Congressional Record, January 17, 1939.)



Newspaper editor. Born– February 10, 1915, Montgomery. Parents– Grover Cleveland and Claudia (English) Hall. Education– Montgomery public schools. After leaving school, worked as shoe salesman and held other casual employment. From 1935 until 1942, successively police reporter, political writer, and capital reporter for Montgomery Advertiser. State correspondent for Time magazine, 1939.Served in U.S. Air Force, 1942-1945. While stationed in England, contributed to Advertiser and Alabama Journal. Appointed associate editor and editorial writer for the Advertiser and Alabama Journal in 1945; editor of the Advertiser, 1948-1956; editor-in-chief, 1956-1966. Editorial page editor of the Richmond News-Leader, 1967-68; syndicated columnist for Publishers Hall Syndicate, 1968-70. Member, National Planning Association, American Society of Newspaper Editors, National Conference of Editorial Writers, and Sigma Delta Chi. National Headliner award, 1957. Died September 24, 1971.


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Daniel Hollis’s An Alabama Newspaper Tradition. University of Alabama Press, 1983.


1,000 Destroyed; the Life and Times of the 4th Fighter Group. Montgomery, Ala.; Brown Printing Co., 1946. (also published as Death Squadron. New York; Kensington Publishing, 1980.)

Mr. Tettley’s Tenants. London; S. Phillips, 1944.



Teacher, clergyman. Born– September 22, 1855,  Hall’s Ferry, Tenn. Parents– Sylvester Young and Alazannah (Blair) Hall. Education– Hiwassee College, 1869-1872; Loudon High School, 1872-1876; Cumberland Presbyterian University, A.B., 1878. Married– Emma Celicia Gardner on July 23, 1882, at Montevallo. Children– Three. Taught school in Shelby, St. Clair, Dallas, and Jefferson Counties (Ala.). Served as pastor for Cumberland Presbyterian Churches in Tennessee and Alabama. Ordained by Presbyterian Church of the United States of America. Died April 12, 1936.


Owen’s Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol. 3.


History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Alabama Prior to 1826. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Historical Society, 1904.

HALL, WADE HENRY, 1934-2015


University professor; collector; philanthropist. Born– February 2, 1934, Union Springs. Parents– Wade and Sarah (Waters) Hall. Education– Troy State College, B.S., 1953; University of Alabama, M.A. 1957; University of Illinois, Ph.D., 1961. Served in U.S. Army, 1954-1956. High school English teacher, Opp, Al., 1953-54; taught at University of Illinois, 1957-1961; University of Florida, 1961-1962; Kentucky Southern College, Louisville,  1962-69; Bellarmine College,  chair of the Department of English and the Division of the Humanities, 1969-88 . Contributed to many professional journals and anthologies. Collected books, manuscripts, and artifacts of Southern Culture; established the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture at the University of Alabama. Member, American Studies Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. Died September 25, 2015.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary


Conecuh People:  Words of Life from the Alabama Black Belt.

Greetings from Kentucky: A Post Card Tour, 1900-1950. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1988.

Hell-Bent for Music: The Life of Pee-Wee King.  Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 1996.

The High Limb; Poems. Louisville, Ky.; Poetry Press, 1973.

High upon a Hill:  A History of Bellarmine College.  Louisville:  Bellarmine College Press, 1999.

James Still:  Portrait of the Artist as a Boy in Alabama.  King Library Press, 1998.

One Man’s Lincoln:  Billy Herndon (Honestly) Represents Abe.  Kentucky Humanities Council, 1998.

Outrageous Times of Larry Bruce Mitchell.  Montgomery, Al.:  New South Books, 2002.

Reflections of the Civil War in Southern Humor. Gainesville, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1962.

Rest of the Dream; the Black Odyssey of Lyman Johnson. Lexington, Ky.; University of Kentucky, 1988.

The Smiling Phoenix; Southern Humor from 1865 to 1914. Gainesville, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1965.

The Truth Is Funny:  A Study of Jesse Stuart’s Humor.  Indiana Council of Teachers of English, 1972.

A Visit with Harlan Hubbard.  University of Kentucky Libraries, 1996.

Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge:  The Clyde May Story.  Montgomery, Al.:  New South Books, 2003.


Holy Boldness:  Public Prayers of Donald J. Burke.  Louisville:  Highland Baptist Church, 1980.

Kentucky Anthology:  Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State.  University Press of Kentucky, 2005.

The Kentucky Book. Louisville, Ky.; Courier-Journal & Louisville Times Co., 1979.

Never Less than Love; Poems, by Joy Bale. Louisville, Ky.; Kentucky Poetry Press, 1973.

Passing for Black: The Life and Careers of Mae Street Kidd.  University Press of Kentucky, 1997.

The Rest of the Dream: The Black Odyssey of Lyman Johnson.  Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 1988.

This Place Kentucky. Louisville, Ky.; Courier-Journal, 1975.


Greetings from Alabama: A pictorial history in vintage postcards.  Montgomery:  NewSouth Press, 2016.


Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Carmac McCarthy:  Selected Essays from the First McCarthy Conference, Bellarmine College, Louisville, Kentucky, October 15-17, 1993.  El Paso:  Texas Western Press, 1995; second edition, 2002.


A collection of papers of Wade Hall is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.



Educator; art dealer; consultant. Born– July 12, 1938, Birmingham. Parents– William Geda and Mary Anna (Martin) Hames. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.A., 1958, M.A., 1971; Samford University, M.Ed. Taught in Birmingham public schools, 1958-1964; at Birmingham University School, 1964-75; assistant headmaster and chairman of the English department, Altamont School, 1975-1991; headmaster, 1991-2002. Director, Town Hall Gallery; president, Birmingham Music Club, member, board of directors, Birmingham Festival of Arts and Birmingham Festival Theatre. Curator for the art collections of several organizations. Member, Alabama Historical Society, Birmingham Historical Society, Birmingham Museum of Art, Society of 18th Century Studies, Birmingham Museum of Art Education Council, and other organizations. Honors–Awarded status of Headmaster Emeritus on his retirement at the Altamont School, 2002;  Freedom Foundation Classroom Teacher award, Hackney Literary prize for poetry in 1969 and 1979, and Silver Bowl award from the Festival of Arts in 1963 and 1971. Distinguished Alumni Award, Birmingham-Southern, 1993. Died November 20, 2002.


Marquis who’s who online; obituary.


Hill Ferguson, His Life and Works. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1978.



Methodist clergyman, educator. Born– August 10, 1849, Lowndesboro. Parents– Edward Joseph and Anne Jane Hamill. Married– Ada L. Tuman, July 7, 1885. Children– Three. Education– East Alabama Male College at Auburn, A.B., 1868; Illinois College, A.M. 1900.   Served in Civil War, 1864-1865. Held positions as city school superintendent in Illinois and Missouri; president of the Missouri State Teachers Association in 1885. Ordained a Methodist minister, 1885. Active as fieldworker in Methodist Sunday School movement; established the first State Sunday School normal department in 1889. Superintendent of Sunday School program in Illinois, 1889-96; international Sunday School field secretary, 1896-1902. Chaplain-general of United Confederate Veterans, 1913.  D.D. Illinois College, 1900. Died January 22, 1915.


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Owens, T.M., History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography.


Sam Davis; a True Story of a Young Confederate Soldier. Griffin, Ga.; Mills Printing Co., 1911?

The Bible and Its Books. Nashville; Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1903.

Legion of Honor Teacher-Training Lessons. Chicago; W. B. Jacobs, 1908.

Manual of Southern Methodism; including Church History, Doctrine, Polity, and Missions. Nashville; Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1909.

Practical Outline; Study of the Four Gospels. Chicago; Winonn Publishing, 1904.

The Old South, a Monograph. Nashville; Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1904.

The Sunday School Teacher. Nashville; Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1902.



Moore, Idora McClellan Plowman



Attorney, judge, historian. Born– March 19, 1859, Mobile. Parents– Peter and Anna Martha Hamilton. Married– Rachel Wheeler. Children– Three. Education– Princeton University, A.B., 1879, A.M., 1882,; University of Alabama, LL.B., 1910; further study at the University of Leipzig and at Spring Hill College. Admitted to the bar in 1882; Practiced law in Mobile, serving as city attorney; served two terms (1913-1921) as judge of the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico and later practiced law at San Juan, Puerto Rico. Taught constitutional law at the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico, 1921-25; served as Dean of the Law School at Southern Methodist University.  Member, Historic Society of Mobile; Chairman of Mobile Centennial celebration, 1911.  Awarded the LL.D. by the University of Alabama in 1910 and by Spring Hill College in 1911. The Peter Joe Hamilton Elementary School in Chickasaw is named in honor of Judge Hamilton. Died July 13, 1927.


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The Chevalier d’Iberville; Some Considerations of the Life of a Great Pioneer. Mobile, Ala.; Historic Mobile Preservation Society, 1948.

Colonial Mobile, an Historical Study. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1897.

The Colonization of the South. Philadelphia; G. Barrie, 1904.

The East and the West in the Mediterranean. San Juan, Puerto Rico; Progress, 1924.

The Founding of Mobile, 1702-1718. Mobile, Ala.; Commercial Printing Co., 1911.

A Little Boy in Confederate Mobile. Mobile, Ala.; Colonial Mobile Book Shop, 1947.

Mobile of the Five Flags; the Story of the River Basin and Coast about Mobile from the Earliest Times to the Present. Mobile, Ala.; Gill Printing Co., 1913.

The Origin and Growth of the Common Law in England and America; a Study of Private Law. San Juan, Puerto Rico; Caribbean Pub. Co., 1922.

The Private Life of Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. Mobile, Ala.; Bienville Monument Fund, 1909?

Rambles in Historic Lands; Travels in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and England. New York; Putnam, 1893.

The Reconstruction Period. New York; G. Barrie & Sons, 1904.


The Charter and the Code of Ordinances of 1897 of the City of Mobile. Mobile, Ala.; Commercial Printing Co., 1897.



Historian; professor of history; journalist. Born– September 7, 1921, in Kansas City, Mo. (grew up in Birmingham). Parents– McClellan and Dorothy (Rainold) Van Der Veer.  Married– Lowell S. Hamilton, August 4, 1946.  Children– two. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1941; University of Alabama, M.A., 1961; Ph.D., 1968. Staff writer for Associated Press, Washington, 1942-1946; Birmingham News, 1948-1950. Taught at the University of Montevallo, 1951-1955; Birmingham Southern College, 1955-1965; University of Alabama in Birmingham, 1965-87. Member of several historical associations. Awarded status of professor emerita on her retirement at UAB, 1987; LittD, University of Alabama, 1992. Died April 4, 2016.


Who’s Who of American Women, 1979. Marquis Who’s Who online.


Alabama; a Bicentennial History. New York; Norton, 1977.

Alabama; a History. New York; Norton, 1984.

Ancestors: The Reinfort, Renauld, Pickles, Halliday Families in Louisiana, 1848-1991.  Birmingham, 1991.

Hugo Black; the Alabama Years. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University, 1978.

Hugo Black; the Road to the Court. Georgetown, Tex.; Southwestern University, 1978.

Lister Hill: Statesman from the South.  Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1987.

Looking for Clark Gable, and other Twentieth Century Pursuits: Collected Writings.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996.

Seeing Historic Alabama; Fifteen Guided Tours. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1982.

The Story of Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Viewpoint Publications, 1980.

Teddy’s Child:  Growing up in the Anxious Southern Gentry between the Great Wars:  A Family Memoir.  Montgomery: New South Books, 2009.

Your Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Viewpoint Publications, 1986.


Hugo Black and the Bill of Rights; Proceedings of the First Hugo Black Symposium in American History …. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1978.


A collection of the papers of Virginia van der veer Hamilton is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.



Scholar of philosophy and religion; university professor. Born– November 30, 1930, Birmingham. Parents– Joseph Langhorne and Fanny (Bowers) Hammond. Married– Alice Jean Love, June 27, 1959. Children– Two. Education– Washington and Lee University, B.A., 1951; Yale University, B.D., 1955; Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., 1962; additional graduate courses at University of Utrecht and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Teaching fellow at Vanderbilt University, 1955-1957; professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), 1958-1978;  head of Department of Philosophy and Religion, 1978-1996. President, VPI Faculty Senate; president, Montgomery County, Virginia Council on Human Relations. Founder of the North American Paul Tillich Society; member American Academy of Religion. Awarded the status of professor emeritus upon his retirement.  The Hammond Lectureship in Religious Ethics and Society at VPI is named in his honor. Died May 1, 2016.


Marquis who’s who online; obituary, Virginia Polytechnic website


Conscience and its Recovery:  From the Frankfurt School to Feminism.  Charlottesville:  University of Virginia Press, 1993.

Man in Estrangement; a Comparison of the Thought of Paul Tillich and Erich Fromm. Nashville; Vanderbilt University Press, 1965.

The Power of Self-transcendence; an Introduction to the Philosophical Theology of Paul Tillich. St. Louis; Bethany Press, 1966.



Real estate executive; writer, editor, public official. Born– February 1, 1916, Big Wills Valley, Valley Head. Parents– William Bleve and Alice Corina Jane (Holleman) Hammond. Married– Myra Leak, June 20, 1954. Children– Two. Education–Berea College;  University of Alabama, A.B., 1945; additional study at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and Oxford University.  Served in U.S. Army, 1941-1945; awarded five battle stars for his work as a military war correspondent.  Press secretary to Gov. James Folsom of  Alabama, 1946-1950; executive secretary to the governor, 1955-1959. Served as general representative for American Red Cross in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1950 to 1954; president of City Center, Inc., in Arab, after 1959; mayor of Arab, 1963-1969; commissioner from Alabama for the U.S. Study Commission on Southeastern River Basins; Alabama Tuberculosis Association, director after 1956 and president, 1972-1974; American president of the Phillip Hamman Family Association after 1972. Member  Alabama State Poetry Society; Alabama Writers’ Conclave; National Federation of State Poetry Societies.   Seventh Poet Laureate of Alabama, 1991-95. Contributor of short stories and feature articles to several periodicals; author of approximately 50 hymns.  Named an Outstanding Citizen by the Arab Chamber of Commerce and a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. Awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of West Alabama, 1992.  Died December 10, 2010.


Obituary; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1982.


Antebellum Mansions of Alabama. New York; Architectural Book Co., 1951.

A Blossoming of Sonnets.  1990.

Collected Poems. S.l.; Author, 1982.

Crossing Many Rivers–Poems Along the Way. 1995.

Edging through the Grass. S.l.; Oasis Press, 1985.

How High the Stars. S.l.; Author, 1982.

A Land Set Free. S.l.; Author, 1984.

My GI Aching Back. New York; Hobson Book Press, 1945.

One Golden Apple a Day; 366 Meditations. S.l.; Author, 1982.

Personal Encounters.  2001.

The Phillip Hamman Echo, 1972-1984; Newsletters of the Phillip Hamman Family Association of America. Arab, Ala.; R. Hammond, 1984.

Phillip Hamman, Man of Valor. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode Publishers, 1976.

Song of Appalachia. S.l.; Author, 1982.

A Transient on the Way. S.l.; Author, 1984.

Upon the Wings of the Wind. S.l.; Author, 1982.

Upper Alabama–Poems out of Light. 1993.

Vincent van Gogh, A Narrative Journey.  1997.

Where Eagles Fly By. S.l.; Author, 1984.

Wisdom Is. Arab, Ala.; Author, 1984.


Alabama Poets; a Contemporary Anthology. Livingston, Ala.; Livingston University Press, 1990.


The Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama holds a collection of papers of Ralph Charles Hammond.



Jazz musician, composer. Born– November 16, 1873, Florence. Parents– Charles Bernard and Elizabeth (Brewer) Handy. Married– Elizabeth Virginia Price, 1898. Children–six.  Married (2) Irma Louise Logan, 1953. Teacher in Birmingham for two years; laborer in Bessemer iron works, itinerant bricklayer and music teacher. Organizer and leader of a band which he took to the Chicago World’s Fair; leader and cornetist for Mahara’s Colored Minstrels. Helped form Pace and Handy Music Company in Memphis in 1913; it became Handy Brothers Music company in the 1920′s, and is still in operation today.  In the 1909 mayoral election in Memphis, Tennessee, Handy’s band was hired by candidate Edward Crump. Handy’s campaign song, “Mr. Crump,” was slightly changed to become “Memphis Blues.” Writer of “St. Louis Blues,” “Beale Street Blues,” “Mississippi Blues,” and more than sixty other songs. Known as “Father of the Blues.” “St. Louis Blues” is one of the most frequently recorded American musical compositions.  Handy has been widely honored; a postage stamp with his picture appeared in 1969; his home in Florence is maintained as a museum; Florence holds an annual W.C.Handy Music Festival in his honor. Died March 28, 1958.


Encyclopedia of Alabama.


Father of the Blues. New York; Macmillan, 1941.

Negro Authors and Composers of the United States. New York; Handy Brothers Music Co., 1938; rpt 1976.


Blues, an Anthology. New York; A. C. Boni, 1926.

Unsung Americans Sung.  Handy Brothers, 1946.


A collection of the papers of W.C.Handy is held by the W. C. Handy Museum in Florence.



Executive. Born– October 7, 1907, Birmingham. Parents– Evan Presley and Minnie (Cross) Hale. Married– William Arthur Hanlin, April 23, 1931. Children– One. Education– Study at Howard College. Worked as oral hygienist, dental assistant, and secretary. Worked for the Birmingham Gas Appliance Company as secretary, 1930-1948; vice president, 1948-1971; and member of board of directors. President, Baptist Hospitals Auxiliary, Baptist Medical Center, Montclair, Auxiliary. Member, Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs, Women’s Club of Birmingham, Alabama Poetry Society, and Quill Club. Author of a column for the Eastern Sun for four years. Writer of a prayer which was set to music, and of a poem published in the Congressional Record. Died November 5, 1978.


Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 3.


Promise of the Bud; Poems. S.l.; s.n., 1974.

The Steeple Beckons; a Narrative History of the First Baptist Church, Trussville, Alabama, 1821-1971. Trussville, Ala.; First Baptist Church, 1973.

HANNAH, BARRY, 1942-2010.


Writer, teacher of writing. Born– April 23, 1942, in Meridian, Miss. Parents– William and Elizabeth (King) Hannah. Married; children–three. Education– Mississippi College, B.A., 1964; University of Arkansas, M.A., 1966; M.F.A., 1967. Married. Children– Three. Taught at Clemson University, 1967-1973; writer-in-residence, Middlebury College, 1974-75; University of Alabama, 1975-1980. Writer for the filmmaker, Robert Altman, Hollywood, 1980; writer-in-residence, University of Iowa, 1981; University of Mississippi, 1982; University of Montana, 1982-1983. Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program, University of Mississippi, 1987-2010.  Received many awards for his work, including  a fiction award from Bellaman Foundation, 1970; Breadloaf Fellowship, 1971; novel, Geronimo Rex, nomination for National Book Award, 1972; Arnold Gingrich Award from Esquire for Airships, 1978; special award from American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1978; PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction, 2003. Died March 1, 2010.


Contemporary Authors online.


Airships. New York; Knopf, 1978.

Bats Out of Hell. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

Black Butterfly.  Winston-Salem:  Palaemon Press, 1982..

Boomerang. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Captain Maximus; Stories. New York; Knopf, 1985.

Geronimo Rex. New York; Knopf, 1985.

Hey Jack! New York: Dutton, 1987.

High Lonesome. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996.

Long, Last, Happy.  New York; Grove Press, 2010.

Never Die. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1991.

Nightwatchman. New York; Viking, 1973.

Power and Light. Winston Salem, N.C.; Palaeman Press, 1983.

Ray. New York; Knopf, 1981.

The Tennis Handsome. New York; Knopf, 1983.

Two Stories.  Jackson, MS; Nouveau Press, 1982.

Yonder Stands Your Orphan. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001.


Men without Ties.  New York; Abbeville Press, 1995.

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