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Biography: William Alfred Altman born March 9, 1846

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(1846 -1923)

Elmore and Sumter Counties, Alabama


William Alfred Altman, a planter and merchant, was born March 9, 1846, in Elmore County, the son of John Wilson/William and Sarah “Sallie” Jane (Hitt) Altman, and brother of John J. Altman. He was the grandson of John and Olivia Altman, all of Marion District, South Carolina.

Mr. Altman served as a corporal in Co. C, 40th Alabama infantry regiment, C. S. Army, from March 1862 to the surrender, in 1865. He was a member of the constitutional convention of 1901; for sixteen years, until 1900, was on the committee of roads and revenues of Sumter County, and a member of the house of representatives from Sumter County, 1907.

He was a Democrat, and for several years served on the Democratic executive committee of his county. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist church and was a Mason, and Knight of Pythias.

Altman married 1st to Roxie Cull, daughter of Willis and P. E. Curl, of New York; 2nd to Elizabeth S. Brown and 3rd to Lula Brown, daughters of John G. and Martha Elizabeth (Colgin) Brown, o Tennessee and Greene County.


His children by his first marriage:

1.Lula C. Altman, m. T. P. McGowan on April 13, 1896, in Sumter County, Alabama. She was deceased by 1919.

2.William Henry Altman (b. Nov. 26, 1873 – d. Jun 12, 1943) m. Emmie Owengs (August 25, 1876, Carlton, Clarke Co., Al- May 3, 1964, Houston, Harris Co., TX) and moved to Texas. They are buried at West Hill Cemetery, Sherman Grayson Co., Texas He was the first salesman employed by the Hardwicke-Etter Co. He became Vice-president of the company.


by second marriage:

3.John Alfred Altman (b. Mar 22, 1892-d. November 18, 1960, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL)


by third marriage:

4.Martha Elizabeth Altman (b. ca. 1905) She attended 4 years of college by 1940 census

He last resided in York, Sumter County, Alabama where he passed away on Jan 12, 1923.



1.Alabama Official and Statistical Register By Alabama. Dept. of Archives and History

2.Find A Grave Memorial# 80368270  #80368452

3.History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen

4.1920, 1930, 1940 census of Sumter Co., AL

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  1. Virginia Turnage Jones Note McGowen link.