Alabama Constitutional Officers
Sibyl Murphree Pool
Secretary of State: 1944-1951
State Treasurer: 1951-1955
Sibyl Pool was born in 1901 to Benjamin Pool of Birmingham and Annie Mae Mills of York, Alabama. Reared in Linden, she attended and graduated from the Marengo County public school system. After graduating from Alabama College for women, now the University of Montevallo, she went on to attend the Livingston State Teacher’s College. She returned from college to her hometown of Linden and taught violin for two years in the local high school.
As a young child Sibyl had received her first taste of politics when her father was appointed tax collector for Marengo County. Sibyl moved from the classroom to become the director of the Marengo County Farm Bureau and secretary of the Linden Chamber of Commerce. These positions became her launching pad into Alabama politics.
In 1936, while working with the Farm Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce, she was elected by the Marengo County Democratic Executive Committee to fill a two-year vacancy in the House of Representatives. She won re-election to full terms in 1938 and 1942. While in her second full term in the House, Governor Chauncey Sparks appointed Sibyl as Secretary of State. Two years later, in 1946, she became the first woman in Alabama history to be elected to a statewide office.
When elected to a full term as Secretary of State, she carried 63 of Alabama’s 67 counties and four years later in her successful race for State Treasurer, she carried 65 counties. At that time she received the largest vote in state history of any candidate, man or woman. In 1954, she was elected to the first of four terms on the Public Service Commission, garnishing the largest percentage of the vote in all 67 counties.
Sibyl Pool died in 1973.
Source: Alabama Women's Hall of Fame