Poet. Born– November 8, 1904, Glenwood, Crenshaw County. Parents– Albert Holloway and Jeffie Gertrude (Faulkner) Henderson. Married–(1)  Geraldine Downs, May 16, 1928;  (2)  Mary Middleton Smith, November 2, 1946. Education– Troy State Teachers College; University of Alabama. Published poems in such publications as the American Mercury and the New York Times. Employed as clerk at Exchange Hotel and Whitney Hotel, Montgomery. Member and president, Alabama Writers Conclave; member of the Advisory Board of the Civil War Centennial Commission.  Poet laureate of Alabama, 1959-1971. After the death of his wife in 1967, lived as a recluse, but continued to attend Alabama Writers Conclave meetings until 1971.  Died September 14, 1974.


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Blame Noah! Verses. Chicago; Dierkes Press, 1952.

Bright Armor. Emory University, Ga.; Banner Press, 1952.

Eternal Symphony. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1962.

House of Paradoxes (poems) Emory University, Ga.; Banner Press, 1941.

Immortal Legions. Northport, Al.: American Southern, 1966.

Ultimate Harvest.