Colonel William Alexander Percy was born May 10, 1834 in Alabama. Percy served in various regiments in the Civil War, and organized a cavalry in Washington County known as the “Swamp Rangers.” Following the war Percy practiced law in Washington County and was known as the “Grey Eagle of the Delta” for his leadership during reconstruction. Percy served as State Representative in the Mississippi Congress and was elected Speaker of the House in 1878. Husband to Nannie I. Armstrong and father to LeRoy Percy, Fannie Percy, William Percy, John Walker Percy, and Lady Percy, Colonel W.A. Percy died January 19, 1888.