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Alabama Lieutenant Governors

Henry Bramlette Gray

Lieutenant Governor: 1907-1911

 

 

Henry Bramlette Gray, of Birmingham, was born Feb. 8, 1867, at Calhoun County, Ga. He was the son of Zachary Thompson and Hannah Elizabeth (Kiker) Gray, and the grandson of John and Chloe Gray, and of Evan Alexander and Jane (Smith) Kiker. His father, Z.T. Gray, was a native of Stone Mountain, Ga., enlisted in Co. "G." 2nd Georgia Volunteers, C.S.A., and rose to the rank of Captain in that Co. The paternal grandparents resided at Summerville, while his maternal grandparents lived at Calhoun, Ga.

 

Mr. Calhoun received a good common school education in the public schools of Calhoun and Atlanta, Ga. In 1885 he entered upon a newspaper career in the service of the Atlanta Constitution. Removing in 1887 to the city of Birmingham, he was on the staff of the Age-Herald from that year until 1892. He was elected a member of the board of aldermen of Birmingham in 1896, and of the board of education in 1897. In 1900 he was elected by the people Treasurer of Jefferson County, in which position he served for four years. He served as inspector general of rifle practice with the rank of Colonel, on the staff of Gov. William D. Jelks from 1901 to 1906. He was a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, 1896 to 1900, and was chairman of the campaign committee, 1898.

 

He was a member of St. Mary's on the Highlands (Protestant Episcopal) Church; and was also a member of the Masons, Knights Templar, Shriners, Knights of Pythias, Independant Order of Odd Fellows, and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In 1895 Col. Gray became President of the Peoples Savings Bank and Trust Co., one of Jefferson County's most reliable financial institutions. For some years, as a representative of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, he was an aide on the staff of Gen. John B. Gordon, Commander-in-Chief, U.C.V. In the primary election of 1906 he was nominated to the position of Lieutenant Governor over Messrs. D. J. Meador, of Myrtlewood, and Emmet A. O'Neal, of Florence. On April 15, 1891, in Birmingham, he was married to Bessie, daughter of Col. Alburto and Louise (Mudd) Martin, and granddaughter of John Martin and of Judge William S. and Florence (Earle) Mudd, all of old and distinguished families of Jefferson County.

 

Died on April 30, 1919.

 

Authorities:
Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1907, 12.
ADAH Surname Clippings File.

 

 

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