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'''Elton Bryson Stephens, Sr.''' ([[August 4]], [[1911]]–[[February 5]], [[2005]]) was the founder of [[EBSCO Industries]] and a Birmingham philanthropist.
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'''Elton Bryson Stephens Sr''' (born [[August 4]], [[1911]] in Clio, Barbour County; died [[February 5]], [[2005]]) was the founder of [[EBSCO Industries]] and a Birmingham philanthropist.
  
==Family life and Education==
 
 
Stephens was the son of James Nelson Stephens and Clara Stucky Stephens.  He was born and raised in the town of Clio in Barbour County, Alabama.
 
Stephens was the son of James Nelson Stephens and Clara Stucky Stephens.  He was born and raised in the town of Clio in Barbour County, Alabama.
  
 
Stephens attended college at [[Birmingham-Southern College|Birmingham-Southern]] from 1928 to 1932, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1936.  Later, in 1960, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
 
Stephens attended college at [[Birmingham-Southern College|Birmingham-Southern]] from 1928 to 1932, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1936.  Later, in 1960, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
  
Stephens married [[Alys Robinson Stephens|Alys Varian Robinson]] in 1935.  The couple had two sons, [[J.T. Stephens]] and Elton B. Stephens, Jr., and two daughters, Jane Comer and Dell Brooke.
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Stephens married [[Alys Robinson Stephens|Alys Varian Robinson]] in 1935.  The couple had two sons, [[J. T. Stephens]] and [[Elton Stephens Jr]], and two daughters, [[Jane Comer]] and Dell Brooke.
  
==Formation of EBSCO Industries==
 
 
Stephens supported himself through college by selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.  He continued in this industry even after receiving his law degree.  In 1944, he and his wife formed a partnership named the Military Service Company to sell magazines, personalized binders, and racks to the U.S. Armed Forces.  The partnership went on to start several additional business in support of this and acquire the Hartsfield Printing Company (now [[EBSCO Media]]), bringing them together under conglomerate EBSCO Industries, Inc. in 1958.
 
Stephens supported himself through college by selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.  He continued in this industry even after receiving his law degree.  In 1944, he and his wife formed a partnership named the Military Service Company to sell magazines, personalized binders, and racks to the U.S. Armed Forces.  The partnership went on to start several additional business in support of this and acquire the Hartsfield Printing Company (now [[EBSCO Media]]), bringing them together under conglomerate EBSCO Industries, Inc. in 1958.
  
==Later years==
 
 
In the early 1990s, Stephens began a campain that successfully revived the [[Alabama Symphony Orchestra]].
 
In the early 1990s, Stephens began a campain that successfully revived the [[Alabama Symphony Orchestra]].
  
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==Things named after Elton B. Stephens==
 
==Things named after Elton B. Stephens==
 
*[[EBSCO Industries|EBSCO ('''E'''lton '''B'''. '''S'''tephens '''CO'''mpany) Industries]] (and its various EBSCO subsidiaries)
 
*[[EBSCO Industries|EBSCO ('''E'''lton '''B'''. '''S'''tephens '''CO'''mpany) Industries]] (and its various EBSCO subsidiaries)
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==References==
 
==References==
*"Elton B. Stephens, Founder of EBSCO Industries, Inc., Dies at 93." 9 Feb 2005 [http://www.ebsco.com/home/whatsnew/ebstephens.asp]. Accessed 24 July 2006.
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*"[http://www.ebsco.com/home/whatsnew/ebstephens.asp Elton B. Stephens, Founder of EBSCO Industries, Inc., Dies at 93]" (February 9, 2005) - accessed July 24, 2006
*[http://www.ebscoind.com/industries/about-es.asp History of EBSCO].  Accessed 24 July 2006.
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*[http://www.ebscoind.com/industries/about-es.asp History of EBSCO] - accessed July 24, 2006
*[http://www.archives.state.al.us/famous/academy/e_stephe.html Alabama Academy of Honor: Elton Bryson Stephens].  Accessed 24 July 2006.
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*[http://www.archives.state.al.us/famous/academy/e_stephe.html Elton Bryson Stephens] at the Alabama Academy of Honor, accessed July 24, 2006
 
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Latest revision as of 12:53, 27 January 2020

Elton Bryson Stephens Sr (born August 4, 1911 in Clio, Barbour County; died February 5, 2005) was the founder of EBSCO Industries and a Birmingham philanthropist.

Stephens was the son of James Nelson Stephens and Clara Stucky Stephens. He was born and raised in the town of Clio in Barbour County, Alabama.

Stephens attended college at Birmingham-Southern from 1928 to 1932, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1936. Later, in 1960, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Stephens married Alys Varian Robinson in 1935. The couple had two sons, J. T. Stephens and Elton Stephens Jr, and two daughters, Jane Comer and Dell Brooke.

Stephens supported himself through college by selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. He continued in this industry even after receiving his law degree. In 1944, he and his wife formed a partnership named the Military Service Company to sell magazines, personalized binders, and racks to the U.S. Armed Forces. The partnership went on to start several additional business in support of this and acquire the Hartsfield Printing Company (now EBSCO Media), bringing them together under conglomerate EBSCO Industries, Inc. in 1958.

In the early 1990s, Stephens began a campain that successfully revived the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Things named after Elton B. Stephens

References