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Bankhead family of Jasper, Alabama

Note: This is just one of 1,162 family groupings listed on The Political Graveyard web site. These families each have three or more politician members, all linked together by blood, marriage or adoption.

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  Benjamin Franklin Perry (1805-1886) — of Greenville, Greenville County, S.C. Born in Pendleton District (part now in Pickens County), S.C., November 20, 1805. Democrat. Farmer; lawyer; newspaper editor; in 1832, he challenged Turner Bynum, editor of a competing newspaper, to a duel, and fatally injured his adversary; candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina, 1834, 1835, 1848, 1872; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Greenville, 1836-41, 1849-59, 1862-64; member of South Carolina state senate from Greenville, 1844-48; Presidential Elector for South Carolina, 1848; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1860, 1868, 1876; Governor of South Carolina, 1865. Episcopalian. Died, from heart disease, in Greenville County, S.C., December 3, 1886 (age 81 years, 13 days). Interment at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Greenville, S.C.
  Presumably named for: Benjamin Franklin
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Perry (1761-1842) and Anna (Foster) Perry (1777-1848); married, April 27, 1837, to Elizabeth Frances McCall (1818-1891); father of William Hayne Perry (1839-1902).
  Political family: Bankhead family of Jasper, Alabama.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Hayne Perry (1839-1902) — also known as William H. Perry — of Greenville, Greenville County, S.C. Born in Greenville, Greenville District (now Greenville County), S.C., June 9, 1839. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Greenville, 1864-66; delegate to South Carolina state constitutional convention, 1865; member of South Carolina state senate from Greenville County, 1880-84; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 4th District, 1885-91. Died near Greenville, Greenville County, S.C., July 7, 1902 (age 63 years, 28 days). Interment at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Greenville, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Franklin Perry (1805-1886) and Elizabeth Frances (McCall) Perry (1818-1891); married 1888 to Louise Bankhead (1867-1921; daughter of John Hollis Bankhead; sister of John Hollis Bankhead II and William Brockman Bankhead; aunt of Walter Will Bankhead).
  Political family: Bankhead family of Jasper, Alabama.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Hollis Bankhead (1842-1920) — also known as John H. Bankhead — of Fayette, Fayette County, Ala.; Jasper, Walker County, Ala. Born in Moscow, Marion County (now Sulligent, Lamar County), Ala., September 13, 1842. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1865-67, 1880-81; member of Alabama state senate, 1876-77; U.S. Representative from Alabama 6th District, 1887-1907; U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1907-20; died in office 1920; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1912 (speaker). Methodist. Member, Freemasons. Died in Washington, D.C., March 1, 1920 (age 77 years, 170 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of James Greer Bankhead (1812-1860) and Susan Fleming (Hollis) Bankhead (1822-1894); married, November 13, 1866, to Tallulah James Brockman (1844-1922); father of Louise Bankhead (1867-1921; who married William Hayne Perry (1839-1902)), John Hollis Bankhead II and William Brockman Bankhead; grandfather of Walter Will Bankhead and Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968; actress).
  Political family: Bankhead family of Jasper, Alabama.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Hollis Bankhead II (1872-1946) — also known as John H. Bankhead II — of Jasper, Walker County, Ala. Born near Moscow (now Sulligent), Lamar County, Ala., July 8, 1872. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1903; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1928 (alternate), 1936, 1940, 1944 (alternate); U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1931-46; died in office 1946; candidate for Democratic nomination for Vice President, 1944. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died in the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., June 12, 1946 (age 73 years, 339 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of John Hollis Bankhead and Tallulah (Brockman) Bankhead (1844-1922); brother of Louise Bankhead (1867-1921; who married William Hayne Perry (1839-1902)) and William Brockman Bankhead; married, December 26, 1894, to Musa Bernice Harkins (1873-1956); father of Walter Will Bankhead; uncle of Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968; actress).
  Political family: Bankhead family of Jasper, Alabama.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
William B. Bankhead William Brockman Bankhead (1874-1940) — also known as William B. Bankhead — of Jasper, Walker County, Ala. Born in Moscow (now Sulligent), Lamar County, Ala., April 12, 1874. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1900-02; speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1912 ; U.S. Representative from Alabama, 1917-40 (10th District 1917-33, 7th District 1933-40); died in office 1940; Speaker of the U.S. House, 1936-40; died in office 1940. Methodist. Member, Phi Delta Theta; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Junior Order; Woodmen. Died in Washington, D.C., September 15, 1940 (age 66 years, 156 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of John Hollis Bankhead and Tallulah James (Brockman) Bankhead; brother of Louise Bankhead (1867-1921; who married William Hayne Perry (1839-1902)) and John Hollis Bankhead II; married, January 31, 1900, to Adalaide Eugene Sledge; father of Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968; actress); uncle of Walter Will Bankhead.
  Political family: Bankhead family of Jasper, Alabama.
  Cross-reference: Carter Manasco
  The William B. Bankhead National Forest (established as Alabama National Forest 1918; given current name 1942), in Franklin, Lawrence, and Winston counties, Alabama, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Walter Will Bankhead (1897-1988) — also known as Walter W. Bankhead — of Jasper, Walker County, Ala. Born in Jasper, Walker County, Ala., July 21, 1897. Democrat. Lawyer; board chairman, Bankhead Mining Co. and Bankhead Development Co.; president, Mammoth Packing Co. and Bankhead Broadcasting Co.; vice-chairman, First National Bank of Jasper; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1940; U.S. Representative from Alabama 7th District, 1941. Died in Jasper, Walker County, Ala., November 24, 1988 (age 91 years, 126 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of John Hollis Bankhead II (1872-1946) and Musa Bernice (Harkins) Bankhead (1873-1956); nephew of Louise Bankhead (1867-1921; who married William Hayne Perry) and William Brockman Bankhead; grandson of John Hollis Bankhead.
  Political family: Bankhead family of Jasper, Alabama.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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