Mobile, Alabama , United States
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|Info||Ann Smith Bedsole, the daughter of White Smith and Sybil Huey Smith, is the owner and operator of Bedsole Farms and President and Chairman of the Board of White Smith Land Co. She also chairs the distribution committee of the Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust. |
In 1978 Ann Bedsole became the first Republican woman ever elected to the Alabama House of Representatives; at the next state election, Alabama voters elevated her to the position of Alabama State Senator. She was the first woman ever to fill that position. While serving in the state senate, she was appointed Chairman of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
She then accepted an appointment to the Board of Trustees of Spring Hill College and Huntingdon College. Senator Bedsole was instrumental in founding the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science. She was also founding president of Mobile Historic Homes Tours and the Alabama Forest Resources Center. She served as president of Mobile Tricentennial, Inc.
Senator Bedsole's ability in leadership and accomplishment has been recognized statewide. She has received the Meritorious Public Service Award from both the Montgomery Advertiser and the Alabama Journal. She has also been recipient of Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Mobile College and Huntingdon College. Ann Bedsole was elected the First Lady of Mobile in 1972, Mobilian of the Year in 1993, and Philanthropist of the Year in 1998.
Ann Smith Bedsole is the wife of Palmer Bedsole, Mobile business executive. They are the parents of three children and the grandparents of seven.