Zadoc L. Weatherford
Weatherford was born in 1888 on a farm in Marion County, located in Franklin County near the town of Vina. He attended the Medical Faculty of the University of Tennessee in Memphis and worked after his graduation in 1914 for two years as a doctor at St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis. He then moved in 1916 to Red Bay, Alabama, where he was working as a doctor. During the First World War Weatherford served from August 26, 1917 at the field hospital of the 326th Infantry. He received the Purple Heart and was discharged from the army on October 6 1920. Back in Alabama, he worked from 1922 to 1924 in the United States Veterans' Bureau in Montgomery and then started again as a doctor in Red Bay to practice. 1933 to 1937 he was Vice- Chairman of the Democratic Committee of Franklin County. Weatherford from 1939 until his election to Congress Senator in the Senate of Alabama. In Congress he was elected as a Democrat for the vacant seat of the late William B. Bankhead in the U.S. House of Representatives to re- occupy and bring its Unopened tenure to an end. He was thus employed as a deputy in the U.S. House of Representatives on 5 November 1940 to January 3, 1941. For a further term of office he was not available. Weatherford is now practiced as a doctor again and sat down only on 1 January 1958 to rest. During this period he held from 1945 to 1948 the office of mayor of Red Bay. The office of President of the Bank of Red Bay, which he has held since 1938, he was still practiced until 1970.