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ALDRICH, Truman Heminway

1848–1932

Biography

ALDRICH, Truman Heminway, (brother of William Farrington Aldrich), a Representative from Alabama; born in Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., October 17, 1848; attended the public schools, the military academy at West Chester, Pa., and was graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., in 1869; engaged in engineering in New York and New Jersey; moved to Selma, Ala., in 1871; engaged in banking and in the mining of coal, becoming vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Co., in 1892; founder of the Cahaba Coal Mining Co.; successfully contested as a Republican the election of Oscar W. Underwood to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from June 9, 1896, to March 3, 1897; was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; served as postmaster at Birmingham, Ala., by appointment of President Taft, from September 1, 1911, to December 15, 1915; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1904; served as a dollar-per-year man on the War Industries Board during the First World War; after the war was engaged as a mining engineer and geologist; died in Birmingham, Ala., April 28, 1932; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Aldrich, Truman Heminway. Contested election case of T. H. Aldrich v. Oscar W. Underwood. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1895.

------. Description of a Few Alabama Eocene Species and Remarks on Varieties. [N.p.: University, 1931].

Aldrich, Truman Heminway and Walter B. Jones. Footprints from the Coal Measures of Alabama. University, Ala.: N.p., 1930.

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