Lewis C. Branscomb

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Lewis Capers Branscomb
DiedOctober 30, 1930
Alma materBirmingham–Southern College
Emory University
Children7, including Harvie Branscomb
RelativesLewis M. Branscomb (grandson)

Lewis C. Branscomb (1865 - October 30, 1930) was an American Methodist minister in the U.S. state of Alabama, and the president of the Alabama Anti-Saloon League.

Early life[edit]

Branscomb was born in 1865 in Union Springs, Alabama.[1][2] He graduated from Southern University, later known as Birmingham–Southern College, and Emory University, and he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.[2] He was ordained as a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1886.[2][3]


Branscomb was a Methodist minister in Anniston, Bessemer, Birmingham, Decatur, Huntsville, and Talladega.[1][2] He was especially associated with the First Methodist Church of Birmingham, Alabama.[3] Branscomb was the editor of the Alabama Christian Advocate from 1916 to 1922.[1][2] Additionally, he served on the boards of the Federated Churches of Christ and the Methodist Orphanage of Troy, Alabama.[3]

The First Methodist Church of Birmingham, Alabama, where Branscomb was the minister.

Branscomb served on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Anti-Saloon League; he was also the president of its Alabama chapter.[1][2][4] He served on the boards of trustees of the Woman's College of Alabama, now known as Huntingdon College, and Birmingham–Southern College.[2]

Death and legacy[edit]

Branscomb died on October 30, 1930, in Jasper, Alabama.[1][2][4] He had suffered from injuries in a car accident on October 15, and failed to recover.[5] On Founders' Day in 1931, Branscomb was honored at Huntingdon College.[6]

One of Branscomb's sons, Harvie Branscomb, became a university administrator while his grandson Lewis M. Branscomb became a physicist.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Branscomb, Richard" (PDF). University of Alabama Library. University of Alabama. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Injuries Sustained In Accident Fatal To Dr. Branscomb. Widely Known Methodist Leader Dies In Jasper Hospital. Held Pastorate In Anniston. Was President of Alabama Anti-Saloon League". The Anniston Star. October 30, 1930. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Noted Southern Clergyman Dies. Rev. L. C. Branscomb Victim of Automobile Accident In Alabama. Leaves Daughter Here. Served As Member Of Board Of Anti-Saloon League of America". The Baltimore Sun. October 31, 1930. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b "Dry Leader Dead". Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. October 30, 1930. p. 2. Retrieved December 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Injuries Are Fatal To Methodist Leader". Miami Daily News-Record. Miami, Oklahoma. October 30, 1930. p. 9. Retrieved December 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Dr. Branscomb's Memory Honored". The Anniston Star. Anniston, Alabama. January 20, 1931. p. 5. Retrieved December 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.