Simon Haley

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Simon Alexander Haley (March 8, 1892 – August 19, 1973) was a professor of agriculture, and father of writer Alex Haley. He was born in Savannah, Tennessee, to farmer Alexander "Alec" Haley and his wife Queen (Davy) Haley (née Jackson).[1] Both his parents were born as slaves, and both apparently fathered by white slave owners. Simon attended Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, at age 15. After enlisting in the military during World War I, he married Bertha George Palmer, also a student from Lane. Simon then finished his master's degree in agriculture at Cornell University. Bertha died in 1932, and Simon was remarried two years later to professor Zeona Hatcher. Simon Haley held positions at various southern universities including Alabama A&M just north of Huntsville, Alabama. He was buried at Little Rock National Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.[2][3]


  1. ^ Tennessee, State Marriage Index, 1780-2002," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Jan 2013), Alex Haly and Queen Davy, 1881.
  2. ^ Little Rock National Cemetery homepage (Notable Persons)
  3. ^ Sgt Simon Alexander Haley at Find a Grave