WALTER UPSON ACREE
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Dale and Chilton County, Alabama
Walter Upson Acree was a farmer, real estate dealer, and State senator. He was born June 28, 1860, at Echo, Dale County; son of Thomas H. Acree and Caroline (Dell) Acree, of Camilia, Georgia, who moved to Alabama, before the war, and was a member of the Fifteenth Alabama infantry for four years under Gen. W. C. Oates.
Walter Upson Acree was educated in the Newton academy under Prof. A. M. Scott; in his eighteenth year he saved enough to buy a uniform and pay one month’s board at the Alabama Polytechnic institute at Auburn, and thus equipped he entered college; his matriculation examination reflected so much credit upon him that he attracted the attention of Capt. John R. Kelly, a Montgomery philanthropist, who advanced him the balance of the funds to enable him to take the degree of bachelor of science. By teaching school during each summer he earned enough to repay his benefactor. With nothing but his education, he began what has proved to be a very successful business career; he being so poor on leaving college that he had to walk half of the way from Auburn to his home in southern Alabama, taking with him the first honors of the class of 1881, and the “Mell” medal (gold), for writing the best essay in the senior class on geology.
Teaching as co-principal of the high school at Prattville for one year, he established the Verbena Male and Female high school and conducted it for five years, during which time he accumulated earnings of $10,000. He became an extensive real estate dealer and held the office of superintendent of education of Chilton county, serving three years, and was also elected State senator from the twenty-third district, changing it from a Populist to a Democratic district.
He was chairman of the Democratic executive committee of Dale county for eight years and was a member of the third congressional district Democratic executive committee for years. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Newton, which he joined in 1875, and was a Royal Arch Mason.
Mr. Acree was one of the most influential members of the State senate of Alabama, and a potent factor in the political affairs of South Alabama.
He was married at Verbena, Chilton County, Ala., Dec. 18, 1884, to Janie Rebecca Oliver, daughter of James M. Oliver and Fannie J. Oliver, living near Montgomery. She was born March 2, 1864.and died January 10, 1905.
They had the following known children:
- Judkins Acree (Jun 23, 1889 – Oct 24, 1889)
- Walter Payne Acree (b. June 19, 1887-d. Nov. 16, 1960) who married Georgia Truett (b. Aug. 20, 1889- d. August 14, 1975)
In 1907, Walter Upson married 2nd Mittie L. (b. February 28, 1873- d. May 20, 1955)
His last residence was in Newton in Dale County, Alabama Walter Upson Acree died Nov. 16, 1926 and is buried in Newton City Cemetery. Both his wives, his son and daughter-in-law are also buried in Newton City Cemetery.
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