William L. Lancaster
State Treasurer: 1915-1919

William Lycurgus Lancaster, Wetumpka, Elmore County, was born near Tallassee, in the same county, March 4, 1869, and was the son of the late Judge John Austin and Francis Aldoro (Lett) Lancaster, of Wetumpka, and grandson of R.P. and Minerva (Ramsey) Lett, of Elmore County.

He was educated in the common schools of Elmore County, at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., but resigned, owing to physical disability, before graduation. Mr. Lancaster farmed in Wilcox and Marengo counties for two years; merchandised in Wetumpka for eight years; and organized the bank of Wetumpka, of which he later became the president. He had farming and stock raising interests in Elmore County. He served as a member of the Democratic Executive Committee of Elmore County, and of the fifth congressional district; served as alderman and city treasurer of Wetumpka; was a trustee of the Alabama State Department of Archives and History; served as a trustee of the Southern University, Greensboro; and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He was nominated for State Treasurer in the Democratic Primary, April 6, 1914; and November 3, 1914, was formally elected to that position, his opponents being J. M. Atkins, Republican; John S. Sutterer, Progressive, and John Norton, Socialist. On April 20, 1892, at Kellyton, Coosa County, he was married to Bessie, daughter of Ben Lloyd and Mary (Hester) Gaddis of that place, and had two children: Madora and William Lloyd.

Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1915, 20.

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