Attorney, banker. Born– May 9, 1888, Atlanta, Ga. Parents– William Matthew and Alice Virginia (Longshore) Persons. Married– Elonia D. Hutchinson, June 12, 1913. Children– Three. Education– University of Alabama, LL.B., 1910; honorary LL.D., 1952. Practiced law, served as treasurer of the University of Alabama. Entered banking as his career. Served as a U.S. Army officer, 1917-1918; remained in the National Guard, 1918-1940; Division Commander of the 31st (Dixie) Division of the U.S. Army, 1940-1948. Received the Magnolia Cross from the State of Mississippi and Designated Most Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Alabama, 1952. Member– Phi Beta Kappa, Scabbard and Blade, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Sigma.


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Inflation, Deflation or Stabilization. Montgomery, Ala. Alabama State Chamber of Commerce, 1949.

The 31st Infantry (Dixie) Division in World War II. S.l; Alabama Historical Association, 1953.