William J. Cabaniss

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William J. Cabaniss
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5th U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic
In office
January 13, 2004 – September 15, 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Craig R. Stapleton
Succeeded by Richard W. Graber
Member of the Alabama Senate
from the 16th district
In office
November 9, 1983 – November 7, 1990
Preceded by W. Ryan DeGraffenried, Jr.
Succeeded by James T. Waggoner
Member of the Alabama Senate
from the 11th district
In office
November 3, 1982 – November 9, 1983
Preceded by Dewey A. White, Jr.
Succeeded by John A. Teague
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives from Jefferson
In office
November 8, 1978 – November 3, 1982
Personal details
Born William Jelks Cabaniss, Jr.
(1938-07-11) July 11, 1938 (age 80)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Catherine Hood Caldwell
Alma mater Vanderbilt University (B.A.)
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1960–1964
Rank First lieutenant

William Jelks "Bill" Cabaniss, Jr. (born July 11, 1938)[1] was United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2004 to 2006. He is a businessman from Birmingham, Alabama.

Early life and education

Cabaniss graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1960 and entered the United States Army, where he served as an First Lieutenant with the Airborne Rangers. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal in 1964, after a three-year tour of duty in Germany.

Business career

After leaving the Army, Cabaniss returned to Birmingham and began his business career with the Southern Cement Company Division of Martin Marietta Corporation. In 1971, he resigned from his position as Director of Market Development with Southern Cement and started his own company, Precision Grinding, Inc., after acquired the assets of a small metal grinding company, which he transformed into a steel plate processing and metal machining business.


Cabaniss, a Republican, served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1978 to 1982 and the Alabama State Senate from 1982 to 1990. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in the 1990 elections, losing to incumbent Democratic Senator Howell Heflin.


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