William W. Brandon, 1868-1934

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Title

William W. Brandon, 1868-1934

Subject

Governors

Description

William W. Brandon was an American Democratic politician who was the 37th governor of Alabama from 1923 to 1927.

Brandon was born in Talladega, Alabama, but grew up in Tuscaloosa. He attended Tuscaloosa High School and studied law at the University of Alabama from 1891-1892. While still a law student, he was elected City Clerk of Tuscaloosa. He set up a law practice in Tuscaloosa in 1882 and was appointed a justice of the peace the same year.

As a member of the Warrior National Guard from 1886, Brandon eventually led the unit as a major of the U.S. Army in the Spanish American War.

Brandon was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1896-1901. In 1906, he was elected to state auditor. From 1911 until 1923 he served as the Probate Judge of Tuscaloosa County.

Brandon ran for Governor twice, losing in 1918, but defeating Bibb Graves in 1922 to become the 37th governor of Alabama.

While governor, Brandon continued the form governor's program of road construction and improvement of Mobil's dock facilities. He strengthened child labor laws and created the Alabama Forestry Commission.

After leaving the governorship in 1927, Brandon was appointed to his former office of Probate Judge of Tuscaloosa County. Brandon died in Tuscaloosa at age 66. (Encyclopedia of Alabama)

Source

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Date

Circa 1925

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

2348

Coverage

Alabama

Original Format

Digital photo