William Gordon Ledbetter

Submitted by Charles J. Licari. Transcribed by Eric Stack
W. G. LEDBETTER, president of the bank at Anniston and president of the Woodstock Iron Company, was born in Madison county, Ala., in 1851. He is a son of John W. and Elizabeth (Glover) Ledbetter, the former of whom was a native of Virginia(?), born there in 1811 and came to Alabama in 1821. John W. Ledbetter was the son of Archie Ledbetter. Mrs. Elizabeth Ledbetter was a native of South Carolina. William G. was reared in Madison county and received but a very limited education, for the war came on just in time to prevent his continuance in school. After the war he went to New York, where for nine years he was engaged in the wholesale hat business. He then removed to Lynchburg, Va., where he was engaged for five years in the manufacture of tobacco. He next moved to Winston, N. C., and was there engaged four years in the manufacture of tobacco.
 
In 1887 he came to Alabama, locating in Anniston, where the same year he assisted in the organization of the bank of Anniston. Of this bank he was elected vice-president and served two years, when he was elected president and has since then been in this position. In 1890, when the Piedmont Land Improvement company was organized, Mr. Ledbetter was chosen vice-president, but as the president resided in Delaware, Mr. Ledbetter was practically the president of the company, to which position he was elected in 1892. When the Anniston Land company was organized he was made a director in it, he also organized the Ledbetter Land company and in 1886, just before the boom purchased 350 acres of land, for which in less than sixty days he was offered large advances on the price paid, but which refused.
 
In 1877 he married Sarah Draper, daughter of Daniel D., and Caroline (Woods) Draper, both natives of South Carolina. To this marriage there have been born seven children, four of whom are living : Ruth, Ralph, Grace and Willie G. Mrs. Ledbetter was born in Oxford, Ala. Mr. Ledbetter and wife are members of the Baptist church, of which he is a deacon. He is also a Mason. Both he and wife are highly respected and useful members of society. Additional Comments: from "Memorial Record of Alabama", Vol. I, p. 600
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