William Brockman Bankhead
William Brockman Bankhead (1874 - 1940) was the son of John Hollis Bankhead, brother of John Hollis Bankhead 2d, and uncle of Walter Will Bankhead and a Representative from Alabama; born in Moscow, Lamar County, Ala., April 12, 1874
- Attended the country schools
- Graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1893 and from the Georgetown University Law School at Washington, D.C., in 1895
- Was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Huntsville, Alabama.
- Member of the State house of representatives in 1900 and 1901
- City attorney of Huntsville, 1898-1902
- Moved to Jasper, Walker County, Ala., in 1905 and continued the practice of law
- Solicitor of the fourteenth judicial circuit of Alabama, 1910-1914
- Unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Sixty-fourth Congress in 1914
- Elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917 – September 15, 1940)
- Chairman, Committee on Rules (Seventy-third Congress)
- Majority leader (Seventy-fourth Congress), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Seventy-fourth to Seventy-sixth Congresses)
- Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1940
Bankhead died on September 15, 1940, in Washington, D.C.; funeral services were held in the Hall of the House of Representatives. His was interned in Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.