PERCY, Le Roy, (1860 - 1929)

Senate Years of Service: 1910-1913
Party: Democrat

PERCY, Le Roy, a Senator from Mississippi; born near Greenville, Washington County, Miss., on November 9, 1860; attended the public schools; graduated from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., in 1879 and from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1881; admitted to the bar in 1881 and commenced practice in Greenville, Miss.; also interested in agricultural pursuits; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Anselm J. McLaurin and served from February 23, 1910, to March 3, 1913; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1912; member of the United States Joint Immigration Commission 1910; resumed the practice of law in Greenville, Miss.; also supervised his extensive land acreage holdings; director of the Federal Reserve Board branch at St. Louis, Mo., from 1914 until his death on December 24, 1929, in Memphis, Tenn., while en route to his home in Mississippi; interment in Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Miss.


Bibliography

Baker, Lewis. The Percys of Mississippi: Politics and Literature in the New South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1983; Percy, William Alexander. Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter’s Son. 1941. Reprint. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1973.