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John Hollis Bankhead

Death: Died
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Husband of Tallulah James Bankhead
Father of John H. Bankhead II, U.S.Senator; Marie Bankhead Owen and William B. Bankhead, 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

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About John H. Bankhead, U.S. Senator

John Hollis Bankhead (September 13, 1842 – March 1, 1920) was a U.S. senator from the state of Alabama.


He was born on September 13, 1842. He was appointed, then elected, to serve out the remainder of the term left by the death of John Tyler Morgan, and was later re-elected twice. He served in the Senate from June 18, 1907 to his death on March 1, 1920. B. B. Comer, former governor of Alabama, was appointed to serve the rest of his term until November 2, 1920, when J. Thomas Heflin was elected to serve out the term.

Bankhead was instrumental in enacting the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916, which became the first federal highway funding legislation.

United States Senator John H. Bankhead II and Speaker of the House William Brockman Bankhead were his sons, and actress Tallulah Bankhead was his granddaughter. The cross-country Bankhead Highway was named after him.

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