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Bankhead, John Hollis 1842 Marion LamarJOHN HOLLIS BANKHEAD,SR.



Fayette, Marion, Lamar County, Alabama

John Hollis Bankhead of Fayette County, Alabama, was born on his father’s farm in Moscow, Marion County (now Lamar), Alabama, Sept. 13, 1842, the son of James Greer Bankhead and wife, Susan Fleming Hollis. He was self-educated, a farmer.

The Bankhead House (below) is the long-time home of John Hollis Bankhead, Sr. whose efforts to develop waterways, roads and industrial enterprise strongly impacted the District’s economic development. As a Congressman and Senator for 33 years, Bankhead chaired committees on canals and waterways, post offices and public buildings, and introduced legislation implementing federal highways. His efforts to channelize the Warrior River provided access for the District to southern ports and international markets.Bankhead, John Hollis home Walker County, Alabama

He served four years in the Sixteenth Alabama regiment Confederate States army, being wounded three times.

He represented Marion County in the general assembly, sessions of 1865, 1866 and 1867 and was a member of the State Senate, 1876-77, and of the House of Representatives 1880-81. He became warden of the Alabama penitentiary from 1881 to 1885; was elected to the fiftieth, fifty-first, fifty-second, fifty-third, fifty-fourth, fifty-fifth, fifty-sixth, fifty-seventh and fifty-eighth Congresses, receiving 8,073 votes to 4,218 for T. B. Morton, Republican, in the race for election to the Fifty-seventh Congress. He was victor over his opponent, Capt. Richmond Pearson Hobson, in the primary of 1904, as the Democratic nominee for representative of the sixth congressional district of Alabama.

He was a vigorous, logical speaker, a hard worker for his district and a strong advocate of Democratic principles.Bankhead, John Hollis born 1842

“He endorsed appropriations for public roads rather than expenditures for an excessively large navy. He was large in size, dignified in bearing, and of great influence in Congress. He was a member of the rivers and harbors committee of the lower house of Congress.”

On Nov. 13, 1866, he was married to Tallulah James Brockman, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Stairley) Brockman, of Greenville, S. C.

Their known children were:

  1. Louise Barriolhet Bankhead
  2. Marie Susan Bankhead
  3. John Hollis Bankhead, Jr.
  4. William Brockman Bankhead
  5. Henry McAuley Bankhead

Senator John Hollis Bankhead (below) at Confederate Reunion, Washington, D. C. with granddaughters, Tallulah, left and Eugenia, Right 1917 by photographer Harris and EwingBankhead, John Hollis 1842 - ANKHEAD, JOHN HOLLIS. REP. FROM ALABAMA, 1887-1907; SENATOR, 1907-1920. AT CONFEDERATE REUNION, D.C. WITH GRAND-DAUGHTERS, TALLULAH, LEFT, AND EUGENIA, RIGHT

He died March 1, 1920, in Washington, D. C. and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper, Alabama.


  1. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1921
  2. # 7366106

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