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Harlan Hobart Grooms, LL.B.

Jeffersonville, Kentucky

Π.K.A., Φ.A.Δ., Scabbard and Blade, Editor-in-Chief - Kentucky Law Journal, Student Speakers Bureau, Debating Team, Patterson Literary Society, Lieut. R.O.T.C., Henry Clay Law Society

-The Kentuckian, 1926

Harlan Hobart Grooms (November 7, 1900 - August 23, 1991) was born in Montgomery County, Kentucky to John Franklin Grooms and Ida Pearl Alfrey. Grooms practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama from 1926-1953. In 1953, President Eisenhower nominated Grooms to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He was confirmed and began serving in this capacity later that year. He became a senior federal judge in 1969. Grooms notably presided over Lucy v. Adams, which prohibited the University of Alabama from denying enrollment to black students. His ruling was appealed to the Supreme Court, which affirmed his decision. Grooms married Angeline McCrocklin in 1930.