William B. Long was born in Henderson County, Tenn., May 7, 1848, of poor but respectable parentage. His father, Jefferson Long, dying when William was very young, left him in almost destitute circumstances. He was reared by his mother and step-father, "who was also in moderate circumstances," up to the age of seventeen years, after which he started out penniless, with nothing but his unflinching determination to succeed in life. He worked incessantly, almost day and night, until he by dint of hard labor earned a sufficiency to set himself up in business, which he commenced in the village of Middle-burg (Long) in 1880. He was elected justice of the peace over his opponents by a handsome majority in 1882. He has made rapid strides in the way of fame and wealth, and at this early date is worth between $10,000 and $l5,000, and now stands as one of the leading and most enterprising men of his county. Mr. Long is a man of smooth temperament, unassuming, accommodating, and well liked by all unbiased minds who have dealings with him.
Goodspeeds History of Tennessee
William B. Long died 23 May 1930 and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery