Henry Badham Sr

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Henry Lee "Bat" Badham Sr (born October 22, 1864 in Raleigh, North Carolina; died 1924) was president of the Bessemer Coal, Iron & Land Co. and vice-president of the Berney National Bank and, later, the American Trust & Savings Bank.

Badham was the son of Henry Alexander and Cornelia (Cosby) Badham of North Carolina. He was educated in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to Birmingham in December 1886. He married the former Helen Terry on April 30, 1890 and had ten children.

Badham served on the boards of directors for the Alabama Grocery Company, the Birmingham Railway, Light & Power Co., and the American Bakeries & Candy Co.. He also was a director for the YMCA of Birmingham.

In December 1898 Badham partnered with A. L. Fulenwider to purchase O'Brien's Opera House from the estate of Charles Whelan. They invested $60,000 in a major overhaul of the building before selling it the next year to Joseph R. Smith, Jr and Charles J. Smith.

In 1909 Badham joined with Solon Jacob to found the Birmingham Slag Company, which was purchased by Charles Ireland in 1916 and later became Vulcan Materials. He also was president of the Wind Creek Coal & Coke Co., Black Creek Coal Mining Co., and the Saginaw Land Company.

An avid golfer, Badham was a member of the Birmingham Country Club and the Southern Club. He and his family resided at 1221 Whittaker Street (23rd Street South). They also had a home in Blount Springs.

Badham died in 1924 and is buried at Elmwood Cemtery.

References

  • Loenard, John William (1911) Who's who in Finance, Banking, and Insurance, Volume 1. New York, New York: Joseph & Sefton
  • Loenard, John William (1922) Who's who in Finance, Banking, and Insurance, Volume 1. New York, New York: Joseph & Sefton

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