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Thomas E. Knight

Thomas E. Knight
13th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
January 14, 1935 – May 17, 1937
Governor Bibb Graves
Preceded by Hugh D. Merrill
Succeeded by Albert A. Carmichael
29th Attorney General of Alabama
In office
January 19, 1931 – January 14, 1935
Governor Benjamin M. Miller
Preceded by Charlie C. McCall
Succeeded by A. A. Carmichael
Personal details
Born (1898-06-19)June 19, 1898
Died May 17, 1937(1937-05-17) (aged 38)
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney

Thomas E. Knight, Jr. (June 19, 1898 – May 17, 1937) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1935 to 1937, as well as the 19th Attorney General of Alabama from 1931 to 1935.

Knight was the prosecutor in the Scottsboro trials in the 1930s. He represented Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, who were wrongly accusing nine black boys of rape.

Popular culture

Knight was portrayed by actor Bill Sage in the 2001 movie Heavens Fall, opposing Timothy Hutton, starring as Scottsboro Boys defense attorney Samuel Leibowitz.

Knight was portrayed by actor Ken Kercheval in the 1976 TV movie Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys.

External links

  • Biography by the Alabama Department of Archives & History
  • Biography by UMKC School of Law


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