Glenn Hearn

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Glenn Hearn
Mayor Glenn Hearn July 1968.PNG
63rd[1] Mayor of Huntsville
In office
Preceded by R. B. Searcy
Succeeded by Joe W. Davis
Personal details
Born (1914-04-17)April 17, 1914
Albertville, Alabama
Died January 7, 1978(1978-01-07) (aged 63)
Gurley, Alabama
Alma mater Howard College (now Samford University)
Profession FBI Agent

Glenn Hubbard Hearn (April 17, 1914 – January 7, 1978) was an American politician who served as mayor of Huntsville, Alabama, from 1964 to 1968.[2] He also served as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1941 until becoming mayor, and as the senior agent in charge of the North Alabama division since 1944.[3]

During Hearn's term as mayor, the City of Huntsville grew in land area by approximately 40% to 106.803 square miles.[4] However, during his term, Hearn seemed more interested in public relations than the administrative aspects of his office.[4]

After declining to seek re-election following his first term, his administrative assistant Joe Davis successfully ran for mayor. Hearn served in the state legislature from 1970 to 1974. In 1972, he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Huntsville against Davis, garnering only slightly more than a third of the vote.[5]

After leaving the legislature, Hearn became Madison County Personnel Director until his apparent suicide by asphyxiation in 1978.[3][5] He is buried at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville.[6]


  1. ^ Before 1916, the office was known as "President." Hearn was the 7th to hold the title of "Mayor."
  2. ^ "Huntsville's History of Mayors". City of Huntsville, Alabama. Archived from the original on January 15, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Cooley, Billy Joe (January 9, 1978). "Glenn Hearn Dies By Asphyxiation". The Huntsville Times. 
  4. ^ a b Tidwell, Billy M. (August 29, 1979). An Administrative History of the Mayors of Huntsville from 1928 to 1978. pp. 17–18. 
  5. ^ a b Roop, Lee (December 28, 1979). "Huntsville: The Mayor Endured Stormy Times". The Huntsville Times. 
  6. ^ "Hearn, Glenn". Maple Hill Cemetery Map. City of Huntsville, Alabama. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 

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