|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1882|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1932|
New York TImes
Feb. 16 1932
W.D. Kyser is Dead; Memphis Financier
Lawyer and Head of Three Public Utilities Companies--Once a Partner of Senator McKellar
Memphis, Tenn., Feb 1--W.D. Kyser, president of the Memphis Power and Light Company, Memphis Street Railway Company and Memphis Natural Gas Company, died suddenly of heart disease today at his home here. Mr. Kyser would have been 50 years old next July 17. A nurse, who discovered him lying on the floor, administered an adrenalin hypodermic but was unable to revive him.
A leader in the fight to bring natural gas to Memphis, Mr Kyser became president of three public utility groups on July 15, 1930, succeeding T.H. Tutwiler. He retained his connection with the law firm of Wilson, Kyser, Armstrong & Allen.
Born in Richmond, Ala., in 1882, Mr Kyser was a son of Dr. George W. and Mrs. Sallie Patten Kyser. He received his early iin Richmond and was graduated from the University of Alabama in 1903, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, later receiving an LL.B. from Cumberland University. He entered the practice of law in Memphis. He at one time formed a partnership with Kenneth McKellar, now Senator from Tennessee.
Mr. Kyser married in 1917 Miss Tempe Darrow Swoope of Murfreesboro. A daughter, Miss Tempe, is their only child.
In 1914 Mr. Kyser became Assistant United State Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and in 1917 he was made United States Attorney for the same district, continuing until 1921.
William D. Kyser came to Tennessee to study law at Cumberland University in Lebanon TN. In 1906, he came to Memphis and practiced law with Kenneth D. McKellar. Kyser's father had taken the McKellar family under his wing when the father died, and Senator McKeller felt indebted to the family.
Excerpt from: Elmwood 2002, In the Shadow of the Elms, by Perre Magness.
George Washington Kyser (1841 - 1911)
Sallie Patton Kyser (1846 - 1924)
Tempe Darrow Swoope Kyser (1892 - 1957)*
William Dennis Kyser (1918 - 1921)*
Tempe Darrow Kyser Adams (1925 - 2001)*
George Herbert Kyser (1874 - 1920)*
William D. Kyser (1882 - 1932)
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: May 19, 2013
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