John Abercrombie (Congressman)

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American politician

John William Abercrombie (May 17, 1866)[1] – July 2, 1940[1]) was a President from the University of Alabama and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Alabama.

biography

Abercrombie was born in St. Clair County, Alabama.[2] near Kellis Creek Post Office in 1866. He was the son of Henry M. and Sarah A. (Kendrick) Abercrombie. He attended rural schools and eventually graduated from Oxford College (Alabama) in Alabama in 1866. He then received his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1888. In the same year he was admitted to the Bar Association. On January 8, 1891, he married Rose Merrill.

Career

Abercrombie practiced in Cleburn County, Alabama through 1890. He also served as high school director, city school director, and college president from 1888 to 1898.[3]

Elected to the Alabama Senate Abercrombie served from 1896 to 1898. He then served on the state as State Superintendent of Education from 1898 to 1902.[3] In 1902, he became president of the University of Alabama and served in that capacity until 1911.[2]

In 1912, Abercrombie was elected from the Democratic Party to the United States House of Representatives, where he served from March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1917.[4] He went on to serve as a Labor Lawyer and Acting Secretary for the United States Department of Labor from 1918 to 1920. In 1920, he was elected Superintendent of Education in Alabama.

Death

Abercrombie resided in Montgomery, Alabama, where he died on July 2, 1940 (age 74, 46 days). He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.[3] He was a Freemason and a member of the Scottish Rite,[5] as good as Kappa Alpha Order (collegiate social fraternity); Phi Beta Kappa (Collegiate Honor Society); Knights of the Pythias; Foresters; and Kiwanis.[6]

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