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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. Bankhead was born in Moscow, Lamar County, Alabama on 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.