Newspaper editor, writer, civic leader. Born– April 14, 1852, Nashville, Tenn. Parents– James B. and Ellen Kirkman (Erwin) Craighead. Married– Lura Harris, December 12, 1878. Children– One. Education– University of Nashville, B.Litt., 1872.  Travelled and studied in Europe, 1872-77. Admitted to the Tennessee bar, 1876. Worked as an editor for New Orleans newspapers 1880-1882; editor of the Mobile Register, 1882-1926. Supported progressive causes; a  moderate on racial issues. An advocate for the city of Mobile; supported local cultural institutions such as the Mobile Symphony. Member Iberville Historical Society and Mobile Commercial Club; a trustee of the State Department of Archives and History.  Became editor emeritus in 1926. Awarded the honorary LL. D. by the University of Alabama in 1906. Died February 3, 1932.


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