William Clinton Bellenger
WILLIAM CLINTON BELLENGER, Gadsden, was born in Fulton County, Ga., April
15, 1850; spent the first fourteen years of his life upon his father's farm, and received his
education at the schools of Decatur, that State. After
leaving school he followed railroading for a period
of about six years, and in March, 1874, came to Gadsden, where, with Messrs.
Hodges & Wright, he established a supply store, the style of the firm being
Hodges, Bellenger & Wright. In
1875 Mr. Hodges withdrew, and the firm became Bellenger
& Wright. At this writing, and after two or three changes in the firm, the style
of the firm is Bellenger Bros. Aside from his mercantile business, Mr. Bellenger
is largely interested in agriculture, and is more or less identified with
various leading industries in Gadsden. He started in life relying wholly upon
his individual effort and industry, and though yet a young man, he has succeeded
in placing himself at the head of one of the largest establishments of the
city, and of accumulating some of the most valuable property in the county. He
belongs to that modern class of Southern men who appear to have come to the
surface as if by magic, and whose feats in enterprise and progress are
attracting the attention of the civilized world.
Mr. Bellenger was married October 12, 1582, to Miss Sallie S. Rails, the accomplished daughter of Dr. John
P. Rails, of Gadsden, and has had born to him two children: Mary and Harry.
John Nelson Bellenger, father of the subject of this sketch, a native South
Carolinian and a pioneer of Georgia, was a prominent attorney, and served
several terms as Judge of the Superior Court. He was also a member of the house
of Representatives in the Legislature of his State several terms; was
prominently identified with church work, and equally prominent as a Mason and an
Odd Fellow. In addition to the law and other matters, he gave much attention to
agriculture. At the Forks of Peach Tree Creek, near Atlanta, at a place known
as Bellenger Springs, taking its name from Sir Edward Bellenger, of England.
Judge Bellenger owned an extensive plantation, which is probably in the family
at this writing. Judge Bellenger died in July, 1853.
Two of his sons served gallantly in the Confederate Army. His wife was Miss Sarah Ann Collier
before her first marriage. She was a
native of Atlanta, and was the widow of John Patey.
McCalley, Henry, Northern Alabama :
historical and biographical.
Birmingham, AL: Smith & De
Land, 1888, pp. 835.