Alabama Attorneys General

William N. McQueen


Attorney General: 1943-1947


William Northington McQueen, of Tuscaloosa, was born September 18, 1908, at Eutaw, son of John Douglas and Adelaide (Northington) McQueen, of Green County, the former a Captain in World War I; grandson of Joseph Pickens and Roberta (Kirksley) McQueen, of Eutaw and of William T. and Ella (Smith) Northington, of Prattville.


Mr. McQueen received his early education in the public schools of Tuscaloosa and was graduated from the University of Alabama with A.B. and LL.B. degrees in 1930 and 1933, respectively. Beginning the practice of law at Tuscaloosa on June 1, 1933, he became Assistant Attorney General in 1939 and was appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of Thomas Seay Lawson, when the latter was elected to the Supreme Court Bench on October 1, 1942. After Robert B. Harwood, the elected Attorney General for the quadrennium beginning January, 1943, accepted a captaincy for the duration of the war, Mr. McQueen became the Acting Attorney General, effective January 18, 1943. He was a Democrat and an Episcopalian.


On November 26, 1938 he was married to Polly, daughter of Edward Thayer and Polly (David) Bellis, of Eutaw, Alabama. His children are William Northington and Polly Louise.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1943, 58.