Mississippi, Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedia Form, Dunbar, Rowland, LL D, Vol. III copyright 1907
Reaves, William F., is one of the representative citizens of New Albany, and has made his home in Union county from the time of his birth. He is the owner of valuable landed interests in this section of the State and has done much to promote the industrial and civic advancement of his home town and county. He was born in Union county, Dec. 11, 1853, and is a son of Edward Y. and Lucinda (Pitts) Reaves, both of whom were born in Mississippi, whence the respective families came from South Carolina in an early day. Edward Y. Reaves was an influential citizen of Union county, served fifteen years as mayor of New Albany and for many years as county superintendent of education. He accumulated much property, was liberal and public-spirited and ever commanded the unqualified esteem and confidence of his fellow men. The subject of this sketch was afforded the advantages of the schools of his native county and after initiating his independent career he was for a number of years a successful contractor in levee and railway work. He is the owner of 2,000 acres of land in Union county, and also reserves seventy acres of a large farm which he formerly owned in immediate contiguity to New Albany. He has disposed of various parts of this latter property for manufacturing sites and has thus aided in furthering the upbuilding of the city, which has grown to be a commercial and industrial center of no mean importance. He has capitalistic interest in a number of these enterprises, including a well equipped brick factory of large capacity. He is a loyal supporter of the cause of the Democratic party but has never been a seeker of public office. Mr. Reaves is a bachelor.
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