The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Teacher Politicians in Alabama
school teachers, principals, superintendents

  Louise Wallis Abernethy (1909-1998) — also known as Louise W. Abernethy; Louise Wallis; Mrs. Tom Abernethy; "Ludie" — of Talladega, Talladega County, Ala. Born in Talladega, Talladega County, Ala., September 23, 1909. Republican. School teacher; city editor, Talladega Daily Home, 1936-50; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1956 (alternate), 1960 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1964; member of Republican National Committee from Alabama, 1956-68. Female. Presbyterian. Died January 13, 1998 (age 88 years, 112 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Talladega, Ala.
  Relatives: Daughter of Joseph Vann Wallis and Flora (Green) Wallis; married, June 24, 1932, to Thomas Young Abernethy.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Miles Clayton Allgood (1878-1977) — also known as Miles C. Allgood; "Simon" — of Allgood, Blount County, Ala. Born in Chapultepec (now Allgood), Blount County, Ala., February 22, 1878. Democrat. School teacher; farmer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1920; U.S. Representative from Alabama, 1923-35 (7th District 1923-33, 5th District 1933-35). Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Woodmen. Died in Fort Payne, DeKalb County, Ala., March 4, 1977 (age 99 years, 10 days). Interment at Valley Head Cemetery, Valley Head, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of William Barnett Allgood and Mary Matilda (Ingram) Allgood; married, February 1, 1917, to Willie Randall Fox; cousin *** of Clarence William Allgood.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Elizabeth Bullock Andrews (1911-2002) — also known as Elizabeth B. Andrews; Leslie Elizabeth Bullock — of Union Springs, Bullock County, Ala. Born in Geneva, Geneva County, Ala., February 12, 1911. Democrat. School teacher; U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1972-73. Female. Baptist. Died in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., December 2, 2002 (age 91 years, 293 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Union Springs, Ala.
  Relatives: Married, November 25, 1936, to George William Andrews.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Charles Brantley Aycock (1859-1912) — also known as Charles B. Aycock — of Goldsboro, Wayne County, N.C. Born in Nahunta Township, Wayne County, N.C., November 1, 1859. Democrat. Lawyer; superintendent of schools; candidate for Presidential Elector for North Carolina; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 1893-98; Governor of North Carolina, 1901-05. Fell dead, while giving a speech in a theater at Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., April 4, 1912 (age 52 years, 155 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.; statue at Union Square, Raleigh, N.C.
  Relatives: Married 1881 to Verena D. Woodward; married 1891 to Cora L. Woodard.
  See also National Governors Association biography
  Henry Hezekiah Balch (1877-1969) — also known as Henry H. Balch — of Huntsville, Madison County, Ala. Born in Madison, Madison County, Ala., January 6, 1877. School teacher; superintendent of schools; helped organize the public school system in the Philippine Islands, 1901-12; U.S. Consul in St. Stephen, 1914; Yarmouth, 1915-16; Asuncion, 1916-21; Adelaide, 1921-27; Monterrey, 1928-29; U.S. Consul General in Dublin, 1931-38; Genoa, 1942. Episcopalian. Died in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., November 30, 1969 (age 92 years, 328 days). Entombed at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Williamson Balch and Martha Ann (Parsons) Balch; married, May 13, 1915, to Josephine Irene 'Josie' McCaleb.
  Rose Agnes Barnes (b. 1910) — also known as Rose Agnes Langford; Mrs. Ernest A. Barnes — of Albany, Clinton County, Ky. Born in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Ala., August 5, 1910. Republican. School teacher; model; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1936. Female. Methodist. Member, American Legion Auxiliary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Edward Langford and Alma (Coleman) Langford; married, January 22, 1931, to Ernest A. Barnes.
  William Bismarck Bowling (1870-1946) — also known as William B. Bowling — of Lafayette, Chambers County, Ala. Born near Iron City, Calhoun County, Ala., September 24, 1870. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Alabama 5th District, 1920-28; resigned 1928; circuit judge in Alabama, 1928-41. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Knights of Pythias. Died in Lafayette, Chambers County, Ala., December 27, 1946 (age 76 years, 94 days). Interment at Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of William E. Bowling and Sarah (Elston) Bowling; married, June 2, 1896, to Frances Collins.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Aurelius Augustus Evans (b. 1862) — also known as A. A. Evans — of Clayton, Barbour County, Ala.; Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Russell County, Ala., December 24, 1862. Democrat. School principal; lawyer; mayor of Clayton, Ala., 1895-98; circuit judge in Alabama, 1898-1909; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1904; associate justice of Alabama state supreme court, 1909-11; appointed 1909. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Quincy Evans and Frances Elizabeth (Collier) Evans; married, December 27, 1888, to Lessie Victoria Waddell.
  David Bibb Graves (1873-1942) — also known as Bibb Graves — of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Hope Hull, Montgomery County, Ala., April 1, 1873. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; Alabama Democratic state chair, 1914-18; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I; Governor of Alabama, 1927-31, 1935-39; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936. Christian. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Sons of the Revolution; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla., March 14, 1942 (age 68 years, 347 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of David Graves and Mattie (Bibb) Graves; married, October 10, 1900, to Dixie Bilele; cousin *** of William Wyatt Bibb and Thomas Bibb.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Dick Latta Lansden (1869-1924) — also known as Dick Lansden — of Sparta, White County, Tenn.; Cookeville, Putnam County, Tenn. Born in Bakers Crossroads, White County, Tenn., May 15, 1869. Democrat. School teacher; superintendent of schools; lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1904; justice of Tennessee state supreme court, 1910-16. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., August 10, 1924 (age 55 years, 87 days). Interment at Cookeville City Cemetery, Cookeville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Hugh Hill Lansden and Lee Ann (McGee) Lansden; married, November 16, 1895, to Helen Jane Snodgrass; father of Dick Latta Lansden Jr..
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Marion Letcher (b. 1872) — of Douglasville, Douglas County, Ga.; Conyers, Rockdale County, Ga.; Washington, D.C. Born in Shorter, Macon County, Ala., September 4, 1872. School principal; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; president, Douglasville College (Douglasville, Ga.), 1900-01; superintendent of schools; U.S. Consul in Acapulco, 1909-11; Chihuahua, 1911-16; U.S. Consul General in Christiania, 1919-20; Callao-Lima, 1920; Copenhagen, as of 1921-26; Antwerp, as of 1929-32. Burial location unknown.
  Brian McGee — Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; school teacher; candidate for U.S. Senator from Alabama, 2017. Still living as of 2017.
  Monica Moorehead (b. 1952) — of New Jersey. Born in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Ala., 1952. Socialist. School teacher; Workers World candidate for President of the United States, 1996, 2000, 2016. Female. Atheist. African ancestry. Still living as of 2016.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Frank Park (1864-1925) — of Sylvester, Worth County, Ga.; Hollywood, Broward County, Fla. Born in Tuskegee, Macon County, Ala., March 3, 1864. Democrat. School teacher; civil engineer; lawyer; circuit judge in Georgia, 1909-13; U.S. Representative from Georgia 2nd District, 1913-25. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Woodmen. Died in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Fla., November 20, 1925 (age 61 years, 262 days). Interment at White Springs Cemetery, White Springs, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of James F. Park and Emma A. (Bailey) Park; married 1893 to Emma A. Bridges.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Maxwell Lewis Rafferty (1917-1982) — also known as Max Rafferty — of La Canada (now part of La Canada Flintridge), Los Angeles County, Calif.; Alabama. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., May 9, 1917. Republican. School teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; newspaper columnist; California superintendent of public instruction, 1963-70; defeated, 1970; candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1968; dean, Education Department, Troy State University, 1971-82. Episcopalian. Irish ancestry. Member, Phi Delta Kappa; Lions; Rotary. Drowned when his car went off the road into a pond, in Troy, Pike County, Ala., June 13, 1982 (age 65 years, 35 days). Interment at Green Hills Cemetery, Troy, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Maxwell Lewis Rafferty (1886-1967) and DeEtta (Cox) Rafferty; married, June 4, 1944, to Frances Luella Longman.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
James T. Rapier James Thomas Rapier (1837-1883) — also known as James T. Rapier — of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Florence, Lauderdale County, Ala., November 13, 1837. Republican. School teacher; newspaper publisher; U.S. Representative from Alabama 2nd District, 1873-75; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 2nd Alabama District, 1879; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1880. African ancestry. Died, from tuberculosis, in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., May 31, 1883 (age 45 years, 199 days). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
  Henry Floyd Sherrod (1890-1977) — also known as H. Floyd Sherrod — of Decatur, Morgan County, Ala. Born in Florence, Lauderdale County, Ala., December 2, 1890. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; school teacher and principal; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1932 (alternate), 1948 (alternate), 1952 (alternate), 1968. Church of Christ; later Methodist. Member, Civitan; Kappa Delta Pi; American Legion; Farm Bureau. Died December 1, 1977 (age 86 years, 364 days). Interment at Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of John Henry Sherrod and Bertie Sherrod; married, June 20, 1918, to Effie D. Poole; married, February 15, 1970, to Grace Lee (Widner) Sandlin.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Loretta Spencer — of Huntsville, Madison County, Ala. School teacher; mayor of Huntsville, Ala., 2003-05. Female. Methodist. Member, Junior League. Still living as of 2005.
Max A. Townson Max A. Townson — of Cullman, Cullman County, Ala. School teacher; athletic coach; pharmaceutical salesman; mayor of Cullman, Ala., 2008-. Evangelical Christian. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married to Kay Locke.
  Image source: City of Cullman
  William Ora Walton (b. 1892) — of Waverly, Lee County, Ala.; Lafayette, Chambers County, Ala. Born in Waverly, Lee County, Ala., December 6, 1892. Democrat. Postmaster; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; school teacher; lawyer; newspaper editor; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1923-27. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Exchange Club. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Ora Walton and Susie Emma (Trimble) Walton; married, July 18, 1925, to Lynda Ruth Tatum.
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