Senator LeRoy Percy was born to Col. William Alexander Percy and Nannie I. Armstrong on November 9, 1860. Percy was a lawyer before serving as United States Senator representing Mississippi from 1910-1913. He later served as Mississippi State Senator when another Senator died suddenly and Percy was chosen to fill his spot. The first State Park in Mississippi was named in his honor. After his death on December 24, 1929 his son William Alexander Percy commissioned sculptor Malvina Hoffman to create a bronze memorial in his honor.