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Biography: Luther Clarence Abbott born August 27, 1878 – photograph

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Luther Clarence Abbott (1878-1964)
Luther Clarence Abbott




Shelby County, Alabama

Luther Clarence Abbott was an enterprising man who held the responsible position of head clerk in the grocery department attached to the Shelby Iron company of Shelby, Alabama. He was a man of exceptionally pleasing address and good business ability, and was popular with his employers and the men he served. He was born in Shelby, Aug. 27, 1878.

His father was a blacksmith of Shelby, where he and his wife settled in 1872. He was born at Newsite, Tallapoosa county, Alabama, his christened name being Green Ezekiel Abbott. (Nov. 9, 1852 – May 27, 1920) He was the son of James Dowdell Abbott, who was a native of Georgia and who settled in this State in an early day. Luther Clarence’s mother was Mary Ophelia Sturdivant, (Apr 15, 1856– Oct. 5, 1923) daughter of Allen Sturdivant and Louisa (Fielder) Sturdivant, the latter said to be the first white child born in Autauga county, Alabama. Green Abbott was a self-respecting, wide-awake citizen, taking a keen interest in affairs. He was for years a member of the Democratic county executive committee of Shelby county. He and his wife were members of the Baptist church. They were the parents of four children, all living in 1904.

Luther C. Abbott received a good common school education in the schools of his native village, and at twenty-one years entered the employ of the Shelby Iron company as clerk in the grocery department. Here his attention to business and devotion to the interests of his employers secured deserved recognition and in 1902 he was advanced to the position of head clerk.

Mr. Abbott followed the political and religious example of his father, the whole family being members of the Baptist church, in which he was a deacon. He was also a worthy member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a past grand of his lodge and represented it several times in the grand lodge of Alabama.

Luther Clarence Abbott died August 13, 1964, and is buried at Old Shelby Cemetery in Shelby County, Alabama where his father and mother are also buried.


  1. Notable Men of Alabama Vol I – Joel Campbell Dubose 1904
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