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Virginia Van Der Veer Hamilton

Dr. Virginia V. Hamilton was born in Roebuck Springs, Alabama, in 1921. She attended Birmingham-Southern College where she graduated in 1941 at the age of 19 with a degree in English. Dr. Hamilton's first job was at a small weekly paper in Anniston. She later worked for the Birmingham News, and became one of the first faculty members of the University of Alabama Birmingham (at that time a branch campus of the University of Alabama).  She taught history classes, ran the library, and later became the Chair of the History Department. She has written several notable books on Alabama history including Hugo Black: The Alabama Years, Lister Hill: Statesman from the South, Alabama: A History, as well as several text books. Dr. Hamilton was also involved with history and politics on a national level. During World War II she was a correspondent for the Associated Press and wrote several articles on the Truman Administration and his family life in Washington. Her most widely read article was her observations on Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral procession in Washington D.C.  Dr. Hamilton is now retired and enjoys researching her family history and keeping up with local politics. (Source: Virginia V. Hamilton, interview, August 20, 2012).

by Anna Henderson Martin