Alabama Academy of Honor

Clinton Jackson Coley

The following biographical sketch was created at the time of induction in 1974.

C. J. Coley is president and a director of the Alexander City Bank and Chairman and chief executive officer of the People's Bank of Carrville in East Tallassee. For fourteen years he was Judge of Probate of Tallapoosa County.

As an amateur historian, Judge Coley has been interested in the local history of his vicinity as well as of the state. He was one of the prime movers in the establishment of the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, and is a past president of the Alabama Historical Association. He served on the Alabama Sesquicentennial Commission and as chairman of the Alexander City Centennial Celebration.

Judge Coley's interest in education is evidenced by the fact that he serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and on the Board of Trustees of Lyman Ward Military Academy. He was appointed a member of the President of the United States' Alabama Advisory Committee on Public Education and was one of the original members of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Realizing the importance of youth to the state, he has been active in the Boy Scouts, serving as president of the Tuckabatchee Area Council Boy Scouts of America and as first president of the 4-H Club Foundation, Inc.