C. Snow Hinton, Jr., 1919-1976, Mayor of Tuscaloosa from 1969 to 1976

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C. Snow Hinton, Jr., 1919-1976, Mayor of Tuscaloosa from 1969 to 1976




C. Snow Hinton (1919-1976) was mayor of Tuscaloosa from 1969 to 1976.

Hinton's political career began when he was elected finance and water works commissioner in 1961. A businessman and member of a prominent local family, Hinton got into a runoff for the position by one vote and then he was soundly elected.

Hinton was connected with the Diamond Theater, a drug store and had many rental properties. He was the son of C.S. "Boss" Hinton, a well-known politician and businessman, and Mae Ausford Hinton.

Hinton was elected mayor in 1969 and was described as being "very skillful and dedicated to his duties." A very popular politician, Hinton was very open and had a knack of never meeting a stranger. He had a ready response to any matter and never got flustered or lost his patience in public. He was elected to a second tern in 1973. Hinton was vice-chairman of the board of directors of First Alabama Bank of Tuscaloosa and was a member of the board of directors of the Central Foundry Co.

In 1969 and 1970, the city bought the old post office on University Boulevard and the City Hall was moved to its present location.

The Lake Tuscaloosa project, which now provides the city's water supply and offers recreational uses, was begun during Hinton's tenure as finance and water commissioner. In addition to many improvements to the city water and sewer department, Hinton was responsible for the widening of 15th Street to the city limits and buying much park property.

He was instrumental in getting the property on McFarland Boulevard at Hargrove Road, which is now Snow Hinton Park, and the property north of the river on Watermelon Road where the Munny Sokol Park, one of the city's largest recreational areas, is located.

Hinton died in office at age 57 on May 16, 1976. Ernest "Rainy" Collins was elected to succeed him.

Snow Hinton was inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame in 2001, the first year of the award that was designed to honor citizens who had made long-term, significant contributions to the development of the county while at the same time celebrating the community's history and heritage.


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