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Larry Langford
Larry P Langford.jpg
30th Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama
In office
November 13, 2007 – October 28, 2009
Preceded byBernard Kincaid
Succeeded byCarole Smitherman
Personal details
Born(1946-03-17)March 17, 1946
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
DiedJanuary 8, 2019(2019-01-08) (aged 72)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham

Larry Paul Langford (March 17, 1946 – January 8, 2019)[1] was an American politician and convicted criminal. He was the mayor of the city of Birmingham, Alabama serving from 2007 to 2009. He was serving a 15-year federal felony sentence at the time of his death.[2][3]

Political life

He previously served on the Jefferson County, Alabama, Commission, including four years as the first African-American commission president. He also served as mayor of Fairfield, Alabama, and served one term on the Birmingham City Council.

Langford was a well-known television personality, having worked for then-local ABC affiliate, WBRC TV as the community's first African-American TV news reporter. In 2010, Langford began serving a 15-year federal felony sentence, the result of a highly publicized public corruption trial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Prison time

On April 27, 2015, Langford transported from his prison in Ashland, Kentucky to a hospital due to a case of pneumonia.[4] Langford was rejected for an early release after describing himself as "terminally-ill".[5]


He was granted compassionate release from prison in December 2018 due to his failing health and was hospitalized for respiratory failure and pneumonia in Birmingham.[6] Langford died on January 8, 2019 at the hospital in Birmingham from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, aged 72.[7]


Other websites

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