Samuel Francis Clabaugh, 1890-1979

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Samuel Francis Clabaugh, 1890-1979




Samuel Clabaugh was a successful Tuscaloosa businessman and civic leader. In 1916, he was one of the founders of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club and served as president of the club.
In the same year, a committee was appointed by the Tuscaloosa County Medical Association, the Board of Trade and the Rotary Club to study the alternatives for improving health care for Tuscaloosa. Mr. Clabaugh was appointed Committee Chairman. This committee raised the funds for the new facility that became Druid City Hospital. Mr. Clabaugh was elected the first president of the Tuscaloosa Hospital Assocation, organized in 1919.

Clabaugh was publisher of the Tuscaloosa News, Postmaster of Tuscaloosa and later an official in the City National Bank. He was secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.

He moved to Birmingham and became a successful insurance executive with Alabama National Insurance Company. Clabaugh provided stable leadership for the company during the next 10 years, as it withstood the repercussions of the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression.

He later moved to Richmond VA, then Washington DC.

The Samuel Clabaugh Scholarship – This award is given to annually to a Political Science student in their sophomore year at the University of Alabama.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington VA.


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