John Abercrombie (Congressman)

John William Abercrombie (* May 17, 1866 near Kelly Creek Post Office, St. Clair County, Alabama, † July 2, 1940 in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama) was an American lawyer and politician (Democratic Party).


John William Abercrombie visited country schools and then graduated in 1886 at Oxford College in Alabama. He then studied law at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he graduated in 1888. He was admitted as a lawyer in the same year and then practiced 1889-1890 in Cleburne County ( Alabama). Abercrombie was 1888-1898 worked as a high school principal, school superintendent and chancellor at a college. During this time he was 1896-1898 Member of the Senate of New York. After that he worked as a state education inspector 1898-1902. Subsequently, he held 1902-1911 the post of chancellor at the University of Alabama. He was 1906 and 1907 president of the Southern Educational Association. In addition, he was 1908-1912 organizer and president of the Alabama Association of Colleges. He was elected as a Democrat to the 63rd and 64th U.S. Congress, where he served from March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1917. He decided in 1916 against a renewed candidacy for the U.S. Congress. After the end of his tenure, he worked as a solicitor and 1918-1920 as Deputy Minister in the U.S. Department of Labor. Then he held 1920-1927 the post of state education inspector.

Jack died in 1940 in Montgomery and was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery.