HON. FELIX EDWARD BLACKBURN
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Perry and Jefferson County, Alabama
Hon. Felix Edward Blackburn, attorney-at-law, Birmingham, Alabama was born at Hamburg, Perry County, Alabama Aug. 24, 1867. He was the son of T. Edward (1823-1879) and Lorena Mildred (Howard) Blackburn, (1829-1882) natives of Georgia. His mother was the daughter of Asa J. and Elizabeth Howard of Oglethorpe County, Georgia.
He entered the University of Alabama in 1885 and was graduated from it in 1888 with the degree of bachelor of arts. In 1889 he entered the law class of the University of Alabama but did not graduate. From 1856 to 1885 there was a ban upon fraternities passed by the faculty of the University of Alabama. The ban was repealed in the summer of 1885 and many students set to work to revive the chapters of fraternities. At a convention of 1885 for the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a charter was granted and Felix Edward Blackburn was one of twenty-one candidates inducted to receive the charter.
In 1890, he began his practice of law at Birmingham and took a lively interest in politics. He was elected a Democratic member of the State legislature in November 1902. In the European War, he was a Major and served in the judge advocate general’s department of Alabama on the Board of Contract Adjustment of the War Department before 1918-1920. He later attained the rank of Colonel
They had the following known children:
Hon. Edward Blackburn passed away July 6, 1937, in Florida. His wife, Katherine passed away earlier, the same year, on Feb. 1937 in Jefferson County, Alabama.
- Notable men of Alabama By Joel Campbell DuBose 1904
- Alabama official and statistical register – State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives and History, 1908
- Final report of Board of contract adjustment of the War Department June 30, 1920, United States, John Ross Delafield
- 1910, 1920, 1930 Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, US census
- Find A Grave Memorial# 54029202# 54029233
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