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Icey Wiley Day Biography

Icey Wiley Day of Ethel. Representative from Attala County, was born at that place July 1st, 1891 and is therefore one of our youngest legislators. He is the son of John Vandiver Day of Ethel, who was born in Harris County, Georgia May 17, 1858. The year after John Vandiver Day's birth, his parents, Wiley P. and Sarah (Gaston) Day removed from Georgia to Mississippi. The family in the paternal line is of Irish decent and on the material side is Scotch-Irish.


Mr. Day's mother, Anne Elizabeth (Wilson) Day is of Scotch-Irish ancestors. Her parents, Isom W. Wilson and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth (Pulen) Wilson were residents of Attala County, Mississippi. Her father was a brave Confederate soldier in Forrest's Cavalry, and her grandfather Pulen served both in the War of 1812 and in the War of Mexico.


At the age of thirteen Mr. Day entered the State Institution for the Blind at jackson, Mississippi, and remained here until he was nineteen (in the year 1910). He then continued his education at the University of Mississippi. He obtained professional training in law at that institution, receive the degree of L.L. B. in 1913, which honors. He wa a member of the Hermean Literary Society. In 1913 he began the practice of his profession at Kosciusko, Mississippi and two years thereafter (November 1915) was elected to the House of Representatives. He has already shown his ability as a public official of unusual ability in the work he has done upon the following committees: Judiciary; Eleemosynary Institutions; Immigration and Labor; Federal Relations; Municipalities.


Representative Day is a Democrat, and a member of the Baptist Church.


On September 13, 1912, at Duck Hill, Mississippi he was married to Miss Hugh Annie Taylor, daughter of Benjamin B. Taylor and his wife, Elizabeth (Coreley) Taylor, residents of Montgomery County, Mississippi. Mr. Taylor was a Confederate soldier and rendered faithful service in the Fifth Mississippi Regiment during the Civil War and died in Montgomery County at the advanced age of eighty-eight.

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