Hugh Morrow (senator)

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Hugh Morrow. Engraving courtesy BPL Archives

Hugh Morrow (born May 19, 1873 in Birmingham; died 1960) was a Birmingham attorney, state senator, and president of the Sloss-Sheffield Steel & Iron Company in 1925.

Morrow was the son of Judge John C. and Mary Morrow. He grew up in Birmingham and attended the public schools, where his achievements allowed him to enter the University of Alabama as a sophomore. He earned his bachelor of arts and doctor of laws at Alabama in 1893 and 1894 respectively. While a student he excelled as a pitcher for the Crimson Tide baseball team and also worked as an English instructor.

He returned to Birmingham to practice law and served as assistant solicitor for Jefferson County from 1896 to 1899, then joined in a partnership with Lee Bradley (Bradley & Morrow) which later became part of the firm of Walker, Tillman, Campbell & Morrow.

In 1900 he was elected to a four-year term in the Alabama State Senate, representing Jefferson County and appointed chair of the judiciary committee. He was elected to a second term in 1911.

He represented the group of investors who purchased the Sloss Iron & Steel Company from founder Colonel James Withers Sloss in 1885. He was elected president of Sloss-Sheffield in 1925 and under his leadership the original furnaces were updated with new equipment in 1926 and the company was sold to U.S. Pipe in 1942.

In 1954 Morrow was one of the founders of the American States' Rights Association, which sponsored racist radio programs hosted by Asa Carter on WILD-AM.

Morrow married the former Margaret Smith on June 9, 1897 and had three daughters: Katherine, Mary and Margaret.

Sloss Furnaces
Events Magic City Brewfest · Preserve Jazz Festival · Sloss Fright Furnace · Stokin' the Fire BBQ Festival
Exhibits Engine No. 4018 · Sloss Quarters
Owners Sloss Furnace Company · Sloss Iron & Steel Company · Sloss-Sheffield Steel & Iron Company · U.S. Pipe · Jim Walter Corporation
People Joseph Johnston · Theophilus Jowers (The Ghost in Sloss Furnaces) · Hugh Morrow · James Sloss
Programs Sloss Metal Arts · Sloss Performing Arts Program

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