Linguist; college professor of French. Born– April 21, 1897, Louisville, Ky. Parents– J. W. and Hattie (Gooch) Acton. Married– Virginia Franklin, July 18, 1927. Children– One. Education– Georgetown  College (Kentucky), A.B., 1917; University of Wisconsin, M.A., 1920, Ph.D., 1925; further study at the Sorbonne, Paris. Taught at Georgetown College, Kentucky, 1917-1918; University of Wisconsin, 1920-1925; Samford University, 1926-1967. Head of the language department at Samford, 1937-67.  Member of the American Association of Teachers of French, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and Modern French Drama Association. Awarded the status of  “Officier d’Academie avec Palmes Academiques” by the French government in 1950, in recognition of his services in teaching the French language and culture.  Died January 17, 1981.


Sulzby, James F., Jr.  Toward a History of Samford University.  Samford University Press, 1986.

Directory of American Scholars, 6th ed.; Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 2.


Chalk, Termites, and God’s Country. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1967.

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The Soldier in Modern French Drama. Madison; University of Wisconsin, 1926.


La Nez d’un Notaire. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1929.

Papers; Three folders of the papers of Hul-Cee Marcus Acton are held by the library at Samford University.