Craft Akard

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J. Craft Akard
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
Personal details
Born (1917-01-17) January 17, 1917 (age 97)
Blountville, Tennessee, United States
Spouse(s) Margaret Akard
Children two
Residence Bristol, Tennessee
Occupation educator, baseball player

James Craft "Lefty" Akard (born January 17, 1917), was an American politician in the state of Tennessee. Akard served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1981 to 1982.[1] He was a former educator, having served as Superintendent of Sullivan County Schools from 1948 to 1971, and as Field Representative for the Tennessee Board of Education from 1971 to 1979.[2] He was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1981 as a Democrat, representing the 1st district, encompassing Sullivan County. He did not run for reelection upon the expiration of his term, stating, "to be perfectly honest, I don't believe I can be an effective legislator because the role is not in keeping with my background and temperament".[3]

He graduated from Emory & Henry College in 1938, where he played baseball and basketball.[4] He later played professional baseball for the Johnson City Soldiers, Bristol Twins, Kingsport Cherokees and Newport Canners of the Appalachian League, with his career lasting from 1938 to 1945.[5] As of 2014 he resides in Bristol, Tennessee. He is married to Margaret and has two children.[6]


  1. ^ Susan Starr, Tennessee General Assembly, Legislative Information Services, Rachel Jackson Building, 1st Floor, 320 Sixth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243-0080. "Tennessee House Member, 92nd General Assembly". Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Daily News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Daily News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  4. ^ "ISSUU - Alumni Magazine Fall 2011 by Emory & Henry College". Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Craft Akard Minor League Statistics & History -". Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Memory Lane: J. Craft 'Lefty' Akard won 18 consecutive games in old Appy League | Kingsport Times-News". Retrieved 2014-05-06.