Journalist. Born– May 15, 1872, in Ringgold, Ga. Parents– John Randolph and Janie Lawton (Mulkey) Hornady. Married– Maude Morella Simmons, November 28, 1896. Children– Three. Education– Educated by his mother until her death when he was ten years old. Worked for the Birmingham News, 1895-1921, as reporter, city editor, managing editor, and associate editor (1908-1915);  worked one year for the Cincinnati Enquirer; served as editor, Rome, Ga., News Tribune after 1930. Served as Commissioner for Health and Education on the Birmingham City Commission, 1915-21; advocated for increased funding for schools.  Chairman, Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association. Author of a series of twelve articles on short ballot principles and commission government. Published articles in McClure’s, Metropolitan, and Leslie’s. Died March 1, 1948.


Owen’s Dictionary of Alabama Biography; Marquis who’s who online; bhamwiki


Atlanta, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. S.l.; American Cities Book Co., 1922.

The Book of Birmingham. New York; Dodd, 1921.

Editorials of J. R. H. Birmingham:  Roberts & Son, 1914.

Soldiers of Progress and Industry. New York; Dodd, 1930.