William Washington Vance

Birth
Cokesbury, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA
Death 16 Feb 1900 (aged 50–51)
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 124391631 · View Source
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On yesterday morning the painful intelligence of the death of Hon William Washington Vance saddened the hearts of his many friends in this city. For many months Mr Vance has suffered from the encroachments of the disease which culminated in his death yesterday, and everything that human skill and human affection could do to stay the march of the Destroyer was done, but without avail. Death came to him with the gentle swoop of an angel's pinions which brushed away his tears and lulled the tired soul to sleep and rest.

[About 3 years before his death, Mr Vance got a bruise on his leg. It didn't heal, and pained him a good bit, and it was discovered that the bruise was a cancer. The leg was amputated. Unfortunately, the cancer spread.]

William Washington Vance was born at Cokesbury, SC, in 1849, and was the son of Major J K Vance, who was a prominent planter of that State, and a member of the Legislature of South Carolina in ante-bellum days when it was the custom for the States to be represented in such bodies by the very highest type of citizenship. Mr Vance received a common school education in the schools of his native town and in 1866 he entered the celebrated University of Edinburgh, of Edinburgh, Scotland, from which he graduated with the degree of A M in 1870. He studied law at Abbeville, South Carolina, under Hon A Burt, one of the most eminent jurists of the state and was associated with him for some time after his admission to the bar. In 1879, Mr Vance came to Louisiana and located at Bellevue, then the parish seat of Bossier, where he enjoyed an extensive law practice up to the time of his removal from that place. He represented the Bossier parish in the Senate for one or two terms, and in 1888 he was appointed Assistant Attorney General. In 1892 he became Private Secretary to Gov Foster, a position he held until his death.

In 1892 he was happily married to Miss Sidney Ballard, daughter of the late Dr William H Ballard of New Orleans, who with two bright children, aged 6 and 2 years, survive him.


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  • Created by: Anna
  • Added: 30 Jan 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 124391631
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Washington Vance (1849–16 Feb 1900), Find a Grave Memorial no. 124391631, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Anna (contributor 47329432) .