COLBERT COUNTY, ALABAMA
WILLIAM P. CHITWOOD
WILLIAM P. CHITWOOD, a prominent member of the Tuscumbia bar, and judge of the district court of Colbert and Lauderdale counties, was born in Lincoln county, Tenn., September 3, 1836. His father was Col. Stephen C. Chitwood, a native of Virginia, who after his removal to Lincoln county, Tenn., filled several important offices, was a colonel of the militia and was in many ways a prominent citizen of the county. He removed to Lawrence county in 1843 and died in 1882. Judge William P. Chitwood grew to manhood in Lawrence county, and was educated at Moulton. He afterward attended Irving college near McMinnville, Tenn., and then read law with ex-governor Lewis at Moulton, and continued the study and practice of the law until the beginning of the war. He served in the war with Roddy’s cavalry, and after the war was over he resumed his law practice at Moulton, remaining there until 1889, and was rewarded with abundant success. In 1889 he removed to Tuscumbia and at once took position as one of the leading members of the Colbert county bar. In March, 1891, he was appointed judge of the district court, and his administration of the affairs of this court have been eminently satisfactory to the people of the two counties composing the district. He was married December 10, 1870, to Laura Lyon of Winona, Miss., and to the marriage six sons and one daughter have been born. One of the sons, William Lyon, graduated at Howard College in 1889. He then read law under his father and was admitted to the bar in 1892. Judge Chitwood is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Knights of Honor.
[SOURCE: Memorial Record of Alabama. A concise account of the state’s political, military professional and Industrial progress, together with the personal memoirs of many of its people. In Two Volumes. Illustrated. Brant & Fuller, Madison Wis., 1893. Volume I. p 692]
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