For 18 years, Branch served as Green County Probate Judge. He worked under Governor George Wallace, a known segregationist.  Ironically, Branch was a member of the National Democratic Party of Alabama, a group who openly opposed the views of Governor Wallace.

He met with a number of presidents during his tenure, from JFK to Former President Bill Clinton. William McKinley Branch passed away this week at age 95. He and his wife, Alberta Carpenter Branch, were still married after 70 years.

There is a photo of Judge Branch that now hangs inside the Green County Courthouse.

Little Known Black History Fact: William McKinley Branch  was originally published on

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