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Thomas E. Kilby Letter

Identifier: MSS-2028

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one letter written by Thomas E. Kilby, as Governor of Alabama, dated April 20, 1921, to F. T. Raiford, the editor of the Selma Times. In the letter Kilby thanks Raiford for a favorable editorial published in the paper. He also discusses a series of meeting being held around the state concerning taxes and revenues.


  • 1921-04-20


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Biographical / Historical

Thomas Erby Kilby was born in Lebanon, Tennessee on July 9, 1865. He moved to Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama in 1887 to work as an agent for the Georgia and Pacific Railroad. He entered the steel business with his associate Harry Clark. He rose through the ranks of Clark and Co. and eventually became president of Kilby Steel Company. He was mayor of Anniston from 1905 to 1909 and then elected to represent Calhoun County in the State Senate in 1911. In 1914 he became Lieutenant-Governor of Alabama under Governor Charles Henderson. Kilby was elected governor in 1918. Known as the “business governor,” Kilby’s political career more or less ended after he left office in 1923. He died in Anniston on October 22, 1943.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 letter, 2 pages)

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A letter written by Thomas E. Kilby, as Governor of Alabama, dated April 20, 1921, to F. T. Raiford, the editor of the Selma Times.

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