John Abercrombie (congressman)
John William Abercrombie
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Alabama's at-large district
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
|Member of the Alabama Senate|
|Born||May 17, 1866|
St. Clair County, Alabama
|Died||July 2, 1940 (aged 74)|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Rose Merrill Abercrombie|
|Alma mater||Oxford College (Alabama), University of Alabama|
|Profession||Attorney, politician, college president|
Abercrombie was born in St. Clair County, Alabama, near Kellys Creek Post Office, in 1866. He was the son of Henry M. and Sarah A. (Kendrick) Abercrombie. He attended rural schools, and ultimately graduated from Oxford College (Alabama) in Alabama in 1866. He went on to receive a degree in law from the University of Alabama in 1888. He was admitted to the bar that same year. On January 8, 1891, he married Rose Merrill.
Elected to the Alabama Senate, Abercrombie served from 1896 through 1898. He then served the state as the state superintendent of education from 1898 to 1902. In 1902 he was made the President of the University of Alabama and he served in that capacity until 1911.
In 1912, Abercrombie was elected from the Democratic Party to the United States House of Representatives, where he served from March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1917. He went on to serve as Solicitor of Labor and Acting Secretary in the United States Department of Labor from 1918 through 1920. In 1920, he was elected the Superintendent of Education in Alabama.
Abercrombie resided in Montgomery, Alabama, where he died on July 2, 1940 (age 74 years, 46 days). He is interred at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama. He was a Freemason and a member of Scottish Rite, as well as the Kappa Alpha Order (collegiate social fraternity); Phi Beta Kappa (collegiate honor society); Knights of Pythias; Woodmen; and Kiwanis.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's at-large congressional district