Published on April 21, 2020 by Michael Morgan  

A former Alabama governor, Charles Henderson, and a former federal judge, T. Virgil Pittman, have been named to the Alabama Men's Hall of Fame.

Gov. Henderson (1860-1937) served as Alabama's 35th governor from 1915 through 1919. A successful business leader and former mayor of Troy, Alabama, Henderson is known as a conservative progressive who championed a degree of reforms to the state's education, public health, child services, and prison and highway systems. Henderson was instrumental in founding Troy University and a philanthropic trust established by him has been used to fund Charles Henderson High School, Charles Henderson Middle School, and The Charles Henderson Child Health Care Center.

Pittman (1916-2012), former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, is known for several key court rulings during the Civil Rights Era that reshaped politics in the state. He also served as an FBI special agent and in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was a civic volunteer, church leader and a life trustee of Samford University.

They will be inducted during the Hall of Fame's annual luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at The Club in Birmingham. For information and reservations, call (205) 706-1289.

Founded by the Alabama legislature in 1987, the hall recognizes men "whose lives have impacted the state, nation and world." Honorees must have been deceased for two years. Hall board members represent Alabama's seven congressional districts. The Birmingham Women's Committee of 100 sponsors the program. The hall is located in Samford University's Davis Library. The Alabama Women's Hall of Fame is located at Judson College in Marion.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.