Walter W. Bankhead

Walter Will Bankhead ( born July 21, 1897 in Jasper, Alabama, † November 1988) was an American lawyer and politician (Democratic Party).


Walter Will Bankhead attended public schools. He graduated in 1916 at Marion Military Institute in 1919 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and 1920 at the Law School. He was admitted as a lawyer in the same year and then began to practice in Jasper. Bankhead also pursued a political career. He took 1940 as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in part. Then he was elected to the 77th U.S. Congress, where he remained from 3 January 1941 until his resignation on February 1, 1941. Then he went back to his work as a lawyer after. He was chairman of the committees of the Bankhead Mining Co., Inc., and the Bankhead Development Co., Inc. In addition, he was president of the Mammoth Packing Co. and Bankhead Broadcasting Co., Inc. as well as Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the First National Bank of Jasper. He held this post until his death in 1988.


Walter Will Bankhead was the son of John H. Bankhead II and the grandson of John H. Bankhead, both U.S. Senators. He was also the nephew of William B. Bankhead.