Worked as a Telegraph operator, Salesman, Sports-Radio Announcer
Approx. 1922 - Approx. 1934
Entered the Democratic Primary Race for House of Representatives
Served in the Legislature
Approx. 1935 - Approx. 1937
Introduced or championed bills, such as poll tax reform, that were popular with the white working class
Elected Birmingham's Commissioner of Public Safety
Approx. 1937 - Approx. 1952
gave him authority over the police, fire departments, schools, public health services. and libraries.
Protest against the Democratic National Convention Concerning Civil RIghts
He lead a walkout by southern delegates in protest of Pres, Harry S. Truman's civil rights policies. This caused the southern wing of the democratic party to split, with the dissenters being called the Dixiecrats.