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.
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.