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Forrest Hood "Fob" James Speech Text

Identifier: MSS-0741

Scope and Contents

Handwritten original draft of a speech written en route to Tuscaloosa and delivered by James on the occasion of the University of Alabama's 150th anniversary celebration.


  • 1981-04-12

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Biographical / Historical

James was born 15 September 1934 in Lanett, Chambers County, Alabama, the son of Forrest Hood Sr. and Rebecca Ellington James. He attended public schools and Baylor Military Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee before entering Auburn Polytechnic Institute, from which he received a B.S. in civil engineering. After a brief career as a professional football player and two years in the U.S. Army, James found success as a businessman, founding Diversified Products Inc. (1962), which manufactured sporting goods. He entered politics in the 1970s, first as president of the lobbying organization Alabama Citizens for Transportation, 1972-74. Originally a Republican, he switched parties to run for Governor in 1978, and was elected as a Democrat. He left office after one term (1979-83), but was re-elected in 1994 (served 1995-99) after having returned to the Republican fold, the only Alabama Governor to have been elected to the office as both a Democrat and a Republican. James married Bobbie Mooney of Decatur, Alabama; they had four sons, three of whom survived to adulthood.


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Handwritten original draft of a speech written enroute to Tuscaloosa and delivered by James on the occasion of the University of Alabama's 150th anniversary celebration.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Fob James, 1981
Guide to Forrest Hood "Fob" James Speech Text
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266