Thomas Erby Kilby Edit Profile
Educational public schools. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Alabama, 1921.
He was the eighth Lieutenant Governor of Alabama and the 36th Governor of Alabama. In 1887, he was an agent for the Georgia-Pacific Railroad in Anniston, Alabama. He became a successful businessman in the industrial and banking business.
He was a Democratic politician and served as mayor of Anniston, Alabama from 1905 to 1909. He served as Alabama State Senator from 1911 to 1915. Kilby served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1915 to 1919, and as Governor of Alabama from 1919 to 1923 In 1920, Kilby arbitrated the settlement of the lengthy and violent 1920 Alabama coal strike, ruling clearly against the demands of the United Mine Workers of America.
The Child Welfare Department was created in 1919 during Kirby's governorship. Kilby died on October 22, 1943 in Anniston, Alabama at the age of 78. He is buried at Highland Cemetery in Anniston.
In 1921, he was depicted on the Alabama centennial half dollar, making him the first person ever to appear on a US coin while still alive.
Member Alabama Senate, 1911-1915. Mason (32°, Shriner), Knights of Pythias.
Married Mary Clark, June 5, 1894. Children: Anne Horry (Mistress Gilbert E. Porter, III), Oscar M., Thos.