WALTER SCOTT HANCOCK
The first Commander of Sterling Price Camp #145. He was born in Franklin County, Virginia on November 19th 1869, the son of Abram Booth and Martha Elizabeth (Walker) Hancock. Lt. Abram Booth Hancock served in Company “E” of the 57th Virginia Regiment CSA, and was also the grand-father of our thirty-second SCV (1933) Commander-in- Chief Walter Lee Hopkins ( Hopkin’s mother was Mary Ella Hancock) Walter Scott Hancock was educated in the public schools of Danville, Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1890. He later studied at Hampden-Sidney College (1892-1893) and received an LL.B from the University of Virginia in 1896. He moved to St. Louis, and in 1899 married Anna Spencer, daughter of Dr. Horatio Nelson Spencer M.D. William Horner Cocke ( Camp Commander in 1910) was best man at his wedding. Walter and Anna had five children: Walker Kirtland, Anne Spencer, Laura, Elizabeth Dwight, and Deane. Walter Hancock was admitted to the St. Louis Bar in February of 1897, and elected assistant Circuit attorney in 1900. He served in that capacity til 1904, and had charge of grand jury work during that period. He later served as assistant attorney for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and President of the Bell Place Realty Company. Mr. Hancock was a Lieutenant of U.S. Volunteers during the Spanish-American War, serving as adjutant of the Second Battalion, and Ordinance Officer of the Sixth Missouri Infantry. After the war he served in Company “B”, First Regiment, Missouri National Guard. He was a member of the St. Louis Bar association, the American Bar Association, the Virginia Historical Society, the St. Louis Business Mens League. He was an elder at the Westminister Presbyterian Church, 5318 Delmar. His residence was at 4332 McPherson Ave. During Mr. Hancock’s long and productive association with the Sons of Confederate Veterans he served in many capacities. In 1900 he served on a committee to raise money for a monument to the women of the Confederacy, under the direction of Commander-in-Chief Walter T. Colquitt. In 1901 he served under C-I-C R. B. Haughton as Assistant Adjutant General. He served several terms as Commander of Sterling Price camp #145 from 1898 til 1900. In 1925 he was elected Missouri Division commander SCV, and served for two years. In 1930 he was appointed Judge Advocate in Chief by C-I-C Charles T. Norman. In 1935 he was elected thirty-third Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at the Amarillo, Texas National Convention serving in that capacity til 1937. In 1938 he was one of the founders of the Military Order of Stars and bars, and was elected Commander of that organization in 1944. After a long convalescence at the Hamilton Medical Center (Hamilton and Cabanne Place) Mr. Hancock passed away on September 23rd, 1959 at the age of 89, and was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Sources; Confederate Veteran Magazine 1926 p.356, 1900 p.18, 1901 p.462,
C-I-C’s of the SCV; by Lynn Shaw p.63-66
The Book of St. Louisans 1912 p.260
Missouri Historical Society, Sprague Clippings Volume 2 p.37