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ABERCROMBIE, John William, a Representative from Alabama; born near Kellys Creek Post Office, St. Clair County, Ala., May 17, 1866; attended the rural schools; was graduated from Oxford (Ala.) College in 1886 and from the law department of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1888; was admitted to the bar in 1888 and practiced in Cleburne County, Ala., in 1889 and 1890; high school principal, city school superintendent, and college president 1888-1898; member of the State senate 1896-1898; State superintendent of education 1898-1902; president of the University of Alabama 1902-1911; president of the Southern Educational Association in 1906 and 1907; organizer and president of the Alabama Association of Colleges 1908-1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1917); was not a candidate for reelection in 1916; served as Solicitor and Acting Secretary in the United States Department of Labor 1918-1920; appointed and subsequently elected State superintendent of education for the term 1920-1927; died in Montgomery, Ala., July 2, 1940; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1902, 2 folders. This collection contains correspondence during John Abercrombie's tenure as Superintendent of Education and letters of congratulations on his election to the presidency of the University of Alabama. A container listing is available in the repository.
Papers: In the John Hollis Bankhead Papers, 1865-1923, 35 cubic feet.Imag Other authors include John W. Abercrombie. A series description and container listing is available in the repository.

The Johns Hopkins University
Special Collections, Milton S. Eisenhower Library

Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the Edward Franklin Buchner Papers, 1890-1913, 2.9 linear feet. Subjects covered include John William Abercrombie. An unpublished register is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Richardson, Jesse Monroe. The Contributions of John William Abercrombie to Public Education. Nashville, Tenn.: Bureau of Publication, George Peabody College for Teachers, 1949.

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