Alabama Constitutional Officers
Sidney Herbert Blan
Secretary of State: 1923-1927
Sidney Herbert Blan, of Troy, was born at that place, March 26, 1877. He was the son of William J. and Julia (Ballard) Blan, grandson of John J. and Elizabeth (Jones) Blan and of John and Nancy (McKnight) Ballard, both of whom lived in Pike County in later life. John Blan, who lived in North Carolina, moved first to Macon County, thence to Pike. John Ballard moved from Georgia to Alabama. Both grandfathers served in the Confederate Army, John Ballard dying of fever while in service.
Mr. Blan was educated in the Troy public schools and attended the State Normal there, leaving school while in the sophomore class to take up management of the Troy Messenger. He was editor of that paper for over twenty years. He was a Democrat, serving as Presidential Elector from the Second Congressional District in 1917 and again in 1921; Secretary of State, 1923-1927, and State Auditor, 1927-1931. He was chosen State Treasurer in the General Election of November 1930, and began his duties January 19, 1931.
He was a Methodist, served as Assistant Superintendant of the Sunday School eight and a half years, Superintendant ten years, fifteen years as Secretary of the Alabama Sunday School Association, and for nine years the Conference Lay Leader of the Alabama Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Represented Alabama Conference, M. E. Church South, in General Conference at Hot Springs, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Dallas in quadrenniums beginning 1922, 1926, and 1930. He was a Mason, Shriner, Knight of Pythias, and an Elk. Served three years as Secretary of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, and in 1930 at convention in New York was made President of the above organization.
Married: Ethel Barr at Troy, June 21, 1901, daughter of John T. and Mary (Newby) Barr, both of Troy. Her grandfathers, William Barr and Mr. Newby, both served in the Confederate Army, the latter being killed in the service. Children: 1. Herbert; 2. Mary Ethel.
S. H. Blan died on April 20, 1963.
Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1931, 99.
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