Milton Paul LeGrand Jr.

b. 25 March 1861, d. 6 August 1913

Milton Paul LeGrand, Jr, 1861-1913

  • Milton Paul LeGrand Jr. was born on 25 March 1861 in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.
  • He was known as Paul.
  • Milton Paul LeGrand and Maria Louisa Jones appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Montgomery, Alabama, and also two domestic servants, living near George Thomas Goldthwaite.. Other members of the household included Milton Paul LeGrand Jr., Eloise LeGrand.
  • Milton Paul LeGrand and Maria Louisa Jones appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Montgomery, Alabama, at Church Street. Other members of the household included Milton Paul LeGrand Jr., Eloise LeGrand and William Homer LeGrand.
  • He married Mary Virginia Goldthwaite, daughter of Robert Wallach Goldthwaite and Annie Paul Nesbitt, on 27 April 1893, Her paternal grandfather was Judge George Thomas Goldthwaite.
  • Milton Paul LeGrand Jr. and Mary Virginia Goldthwaite appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 103 Moulton Street boarding in the household of Edward Andrew.
  • He was a bank president, according to the 1900 census.
  • The following appeared on 20 December 1908 in The Montgomery Advertiser: Already it is definitely forecasted that on January 12, 1909, Montgomery will oose by formal resignation of M. P. LeGrand as vice president of the First National Bank, one of her notable financiers from the activities of business. It has been announced that on that date the annual director's meeting of the First National Bank, the resignation will be tendered.
         Mr. LeGrand has been for twenty-two years an active bank official, breaking into the world of finance as vice president of the Bank of Montgomery in 1887. From that first station he went, when the Bank of Montgomery was consolidated with the Merchants and Planters National Bank, to the latter institution, as vice president, and, upon a subsequent consolidation, as vice president of the Farley National Bank. But again consolidation came, to bring to the vice president of the Farley National Bank another change of position, and since 1905 he has been connected with the First National Bank as vice president.
         A director of the bank with which he is officially connected, he will remain in that capacity, so that the instition will not lose his valued services altogether. /P/ Though known throughout the State and the South as a banker of repute, Mr. LeGrand is a lawyer as well. He left the practice of that profession to to enter the financial fold but has not entirely severed himself from things legal. He is still nominally an attorney, through his connectiion with the firm of Stringfellow and LeGrand.
         It has been a life-long desire of Mr. Legrand to be able to leave the financial field to attend to his personal affairs. This moment is therefore dear to him.
  • Milton Paul LeGrand Jr. and Mary Virginia Goldthwaite appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 402 South Court Street and one male servant.. Other members of the household included LeGrand Smith.
  • He was a financier, according to the 1910 census.
  • The following appeared on 6 August 1913 in The Montgomery Advertiser: Late reports from the bedside of M. P. LeGrand, prominent Montgomerian, who is dangerously ill at his summer home at Perdido Bay, indicate that his condition is critical and that he is not expected to live. LeGrand's relatives were summoned from Montgomery yesterday. The nature of his illness had not been learned at a late hour last night. Local physicians have gone to Perdido to attend Mr. LeGrand and messages received from them late yesterday stated that there was little hope for his recovery.
         Mr. LeGrand is well known in business and social circles of Montgomery where he has been prominently connected for several years. He was president of the old Montgomery Bank, which was later consolidated with the Merchants and Planters National Bank, which in turn, was consolidated with the Farley National Bank. He is now a director of the First National Bank and has a number of valuable real estate holdings in the city and State. Mr. LeGrand retired from business several years ago. He makes his summer home at Perdido Bay. He is fifty-two years of age.
  • Milton Paul LeGrand Jr. died on 6 August 1913 at age 52 in Perdido Bay, Escambia County, Florida.
  • His wife Mary Virginia Goldthwaite became a widow at his death.
  • He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • The following appeared on 7 August 1913 in The Montgomery Advertiser: M. Paul LeGrand, a life long citizen of Montgomery, and one of the most popular Montgomerians of his generation, died Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock at his summer home at Perdido Bay. Mr. LeGrand succumbed after a sudden and severe attack of nephritis. He had, however, not been as strong as usual this summer. Before going to Perdido Bay Mr. LeGrand told some of his friends in Montgomery that he was not as strong as he had been, but that he hoped that the Gulf Coast air would improve his health.
         Mr. LeGrand's death caused general sorrow in Montgomery. It was said of him by his friends: "He was the best liked man in Montgomery." Mr. LeGrand, although born to wealth and accustomed all his life to the things which wealth could buy, was one of the most democratic and unassuming men in the city. His friends were in every class of citizenship. Few men of the city had so large a personal acquaintance. Still fewer had so large a circle of personal friends. It was said of him that he was most characterized by modesty and sincerity.
         Mr. LeGrand was the son of the late Dr. M. P. LeGrand, a leading business man and financier in Montgomery a generation ago. He was born and reared in Montgomery and obtained his early education in this city. He later attended Vanderbilt University, where he was a classmate of Senator John Sharp Williams, former Governor R. M. Patterson of Tennessee, and several others of the noted public men of the South. /P/ After his return to Montgomery Mr. LeGrand entered upon a business life. He was first associated with the old Montgomery Bank of which his father was president. He succeeded to the presidency of the same bank and served in that capacity for a number of years. After a bank consolidation, he became vice-president of the First National Bank, a position he filled for a term of years. He retired from active business affairs about six years ago, except that he devoted himself to the management of his considerable private estate.
         Mr. LeGrand occupied a handsome home on Court Street, but he maintained two summer homes, one at Perdido and another at Coosada. He was the soul of hospitality and it was his pleasure to entertain his friends. He moved about among the citizenship of all classes, and no man was given a higher personal appreciation than Mr. LeGrand.
         Mr. LeGrand took an active interest in public affairs, but not in his own interest. He cared nothing for public office and never took the trouble to make a race or test his wide local pupularity. But he was assiduous in pushing the political fortunes of his friends, and his friendship for any candidate was regarded as most valuable.
         Mr. LeGrand was fifty-two years of age at the time of his death. At his bedside in his last illness was Mrs. LeGrand, who before her marriage was Miss Goldthwaite, member of the prominent Montgomery family. A brother, W. M. LeGrand, of Montgomery, survives. Among his close surviving relatives is Miss LeGrand Smith, daughter of Hon. J. Craig Smith, and niece of Mr. LeGrand. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.
         The remains will reach Montgomery Thursday morning at 5 o'clock. The funeral services will be held at 5:00 p. m. from the LeGrand home on the corner of Clayton and Court Streetes. Rev. E. E. Cobbs will officiate. Interment will be in Oakewood Cemetery.
  • The following appeared on 20 December 1913 in The Montgomery Advertiser: In order that the estate of her husband, the late M. P. LeGrand, might be exonerated of all further liability in connection with the estate of W. H. LeGrand, for whom M. P. LeGrand was trustee, Mrs. Virginia LeGrand has filed a bill in the Chancery Court praying that the court order a settlement of the trust. The suit is a friendly litigation brought against W. H. LeGrand et al.
         The bill avers that on March 14, 1894, William Home LeGrand executed to complainant's intestate certain deeds of trust to valuable Montgomery property. Since the death of her husband, the late Paul LeGrand, she has been appointed administratrix of his estate and wishes the setlement in order to relievehis estate of liability in connection with the other.
         Valuable property listed in the deed of trust was one-half interest in the store occupied by Nachman and Moortief; "The Silver Dollar Store" on Commerce Street; half interest in Haardt's store on Commerce Street and fourth interest in the store occupied by the Davidson Jewelry Company.
         Funds handled during the time M. P. LeGrand was trustee amounted to over $200,000.
  • A biographical sketch appears in Notable Men of Alabama (1904).
  • Last Edited: 1 Oct 2012

Family: Mary Virginia Goldthwaite b. 5 July 1871, d. 7 December 1948