Elton B. Stephens
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 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.
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.
In the early 1990s, Stephens began a campain that successfully revived the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
Things named after Elton B. Stephens
- EBSCO (Elton B. Stephens COmpany) Industries (and its various EBSCO subsidiaries)
- Elton B. Stephens Expressway
- Elton B. Stephens Public Library in Clio, Barbour County
- Elton B. Stephens Music Director Chair of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
- Elton B. Stephens Science Center at Birmingham-Southern College