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Edward Berton Almon Passed Away

Today in Masonic History Edward Berton Almon passed away in 1933.

Edward Berton Almon was an American politician.

Almon was born near Moulton, Alabama on April 18th, 1860. He would graduate from local Moulton schools and the State Normal School in Florence, Alabama. The State Normal School was the predecessor to the University of North Alabama. He would graduate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1883. He would be admitted to the bar in 1885.

In Alabama, Almon would serve in the Alabama Senate from 1892 to 1894. He would be elected Circuit Court Judge in 1898 serving 8 years. From 1910 to 1915, Almon would serve in the Alabama House of Representatives. In 1911 he would be elected Speaker of the House serving for 1 year.

In 1914, Almon would run for the United States House of Representatives. After winning the election he would start his term in the House of Representatives in 1915. He would serve 9 consecutive terms in the House of Representatives.

On April 5, 1917, Almon would be one of 50 Representatives who vote against going to war with German in World War I. It was also during this session of Congress (the 65th) that the Sedition Act was passed. The Sedition Act made certain kinds of political dissent criminal. The Act was repealed during the 67th session of Congress.

From 1931 to 1933, Almon would serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Roads.

Almon would pass away in office on June 22nd, 1933.

According to Almon's obituary, he was a member of several fraternal organizations including Freemasonry.