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Banker , Lawyer

William Davis Cotton, American lawyer, banker. Bar: Louisiana bar 1928. Decorated Bronze Star; named Outstanding Layman Louisiana Mississippi W. Tennessee District Kiwanis, 1970, Methodist Man of Year, Louisiana, 1965.


Cotton, William Davis was born on February 9, 1904 in Jonesville, Louisiana, United States. Son of George Spencer and Lizzie (Davis) Cotton.


Student, Louisiana State University, 1922-1927;Bachelor of Laws, Louisiana State University, 1927;Juris Doctor, Louisiana State University, 1968.


Practice in, Rayville, Louisiana, from 1929;senior member firm, Cotton, Bolton, Roberts & Hoychick, from 1946;Chairman of the Board, 1st Republic Bank Rayville, 1952-1988;president, 1st Republic Bank Rayville, 1952-1968. Member of council Louisiana Law Institute, from 1959.


  • Bar: Louisiana bar 1928.


Delaware general conferences Methodist Church, 1960, 64, 66, 68, 72, 76, 80, chancellor Louisiana conference, 1961-1986. Member Louisiana Commission on Constnl. Revision, 1970-1972; Member Louisiana Senate from 32d District, 1940-1944.

Chairman Richland Parish Democratic Executive Committee, 1961-1976. Trustee Glenwood Hospital, West Monroe, Louisiana, 1962-1978. Served to lieutenant colonel Army of the United States, 1941-1946, European Theatre of Operations.

Fellow American College Probate Counsel, American Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association (board governors 1946-1948, president 1965), American Judicature Society Clubs: Mason (32 degree), Kiwanian (international trustee 1941-1942, 46-48).


Married Anna Mae Puddin Allen, November 25, 1927. Children– Carole, Jean Ann, Stephen Wayne.

George Spencer Cotton

Lizzie (Davis) Cotton

Anna Mae Puddin Allen

Carole Cotton

Jean Ann Cotton

Stephen Wayne Cotton