SAMUEL BYRON SLONE, of Fort Payne, state senator from the 29th District in 1923, was born in Marshall County, Alabama, February 4, 1872, son of Jesse and Nancy Evelyn (Rapier) Slone; grandson of Jesse and Nancy Evelyn Slone, and of William and Sarah Rapier. His great-grandfather, William John Slone, was a native of Northern Ireland, emigrating to Virginia, thence to North Carolina, thence to Tennessee. Senator Slone was educated in the common schools at Kirby Town, Lebanon, and Walnut Grove. He graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama in 1895; and with a L.L.B., 1897. While a student at the University he was editor-in-chief of Corolla, and as associate editor of the Crimson White and was for two years captain of the varsity football team. He practiced law for six years in Fort Payne before going into the banking business. He has taken a prominent part in the fight for prohibition and law enforcement of the Ninth Judicial Circuit committee in the fight in 1898 waged by the Republicans for the judgeship in his county. He married Mamie Leona, daughter of Henry Clay and Eleanor Virginia Haralson, November 13, 1899, at Fort Payne.
Source: Mrs. Frank Ross Stewart, Cherokee County History, 1836—1956, Volume 2 (Centre, Alabama, 1959), pp. 440-441. Reprinted with permission.