Caldwell Delaney Biography
Born in Danville, Virginia, in 1918, Caldwell Delaney came to Mobile in 1930. He received a B.S. from Spring Hill College in 1941 and an M.A. from the University of Alabama in 1952. In July 1960 Delaney married Lois Jean Fitzsimmons, a very successful drama instructor at Mobile's Murphy High School.
Delaney's career in private school education spanned twenty-four years and included service as Dean of the University Military School (1941-1956) and Headmaster of the Julius T. Wright School for Girls (1956-1965). In 1964 Delaney was appointed the first director of the Museum of the City of Mobile, and he served in that capacity until 1992.
Delaney received numerous awards and served as an officer and member of many historical organizations, both at the local and state level. He was recognized as one of the Gulf Coast's most prominent historians. Delaney served as president of the Alabama Historical Association and, at the city's 250th anniversary, was named one of Mobile's forty outstanding citizens.
Delaney's published works include Deep South (1942); Remember Mobile (1948); The Story of Mobile (1953); Madame Octavia Levert, The South's Most Famous Belle (1961); Mary McNeil Fenollosa, An Alabama Woman of Letters (1963); The Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company of Mobile, 1838-1888 (1967); and Craighead's Mobile (1969).