William M. Price, A. M., M. D.
Contributor: Pat M. Mahan
WILLIAM M. PRICE, A. M., M. D., one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons of the county of Lauderdale was born near Florence, that county, June 3, 1837. He is the son of James B. and Frances (Mason) Price, the former a native of Tennessee, and the latter of Virginia. James B. Price was one of the pioneers of Lauderdale county. He engaged in farming and followed that occupation till his death, at the age of seventy-five years. His wife died in 1853, aged fifty years. Dr. William M. Price was reared in Lauderdale county, and received a collegiate education. He took his bachelor's degree at the Florence Wesleyan university in 1857, and received the honorary degree of master of arts from the same institution in 1860. He then began the study of medicine, entering the university of Nashville, graduating from the latter institution in 1865. Immediately afterward he began the practice of his profession at Bailey Springs, in Lauderdale county, remaining at that place until 1879, when he removed to Florence. Here he soon took rank among the most prominent and successful members of his profession, and at the present time, he is accorded first place in the profession of Lauderdale county, not only by the people, but by the members of that profession themselves. He is the senior physician in length of time in practice in Florence. He has served as president of the Lauderdale county Medical society, and as chairman of the board of censors, and he is a member of the Alabama Medical association. For a short time during the war Dr. Price was connected with the Confederate army, but served most of his time in detail in the surgeon's office. He was married at Corinth, Miss., in 1858, to Miss Martha J. Fort, who died in 1863, leaving one son, now Dr. Percy I. Price, of Waxahatchie, Tex. On September 12, 1865, Dr. Price married Miss Nannie Henderson of Maury county, Tenn., by whom he has had eight children. Dr. Price is a member of the Knights of Honor, and of the Methodist Episcopal church, south. He ranks among the leading citizens of Florence. He is quiet and unassuming in his manner, never seeking publicity or undue public notice, and at the same time he is ever ready and willing to lend a helping hand to all good works.
Source: Memorial Record of Alabama. Vol. II. Brant & Fuller. Madison, Wis., 1893. pp. 367-368