Zebulon Rudolph

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Zebulon Rudolph in 1902
Zebulon Rudolph in 1930

Zebulon T. Rudolph (born 1867 in Lowndes County; died April 28, 1930 in Rochester, Minnesota) was a newspaper editor, attorney and chair of the Birmingham Police Commission.

Rudolph was one of five children born to John B. and Virginia Rudulph. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1886 and taught grade school in Newbern for a year before becoming editor of the Lowndes Citizen in Hayneville. In 1890 he moved to Birmingham and was admitted to the bar a year later as an attorney in the firm of Taliaferro & Houghton.

Rudolph was elected to the Police Commission in the 1901 Birmingham municipal election. On May 13, 1902 he succeeded James McCary as chair. He later became a partner in the firm of Rudolph & Smith.

Rudolph suffered a long illness and died during treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was survived by his wife Sallie and three children: John, Virginia, and Gertrude.