Louis T. Hanckel

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Louis T. Hanckel
1914-Hanckel, Louis T.JPG
ca. 1914

City of Charlottesville
Electoral District At large (city wide)
Term Start 1892
Term End 1894
Preceded by Samuel B. Woods
Succeeded by John S. Patton

Electoral District Council body
Term Start 1890
Term End 1892
Preceded by C. D. Fishburne
Succeeded by H. T. Nelson

Electoral District First Ward
Term Start 1889
Term End 1892
Preceded by Charlottesville Town Council (1871–1889)
Succeeded by C. D. Fishburne

Biographical Information

Date of birth June 3, 1847
Date of death July 21, 1914
Spouse Ida Macon Hanckel
Children Six (6)
Residence 554 Park Street
First Ward
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession Lawyer
Bank President
Religion Christ Episcopal Church (vestryman)

Louis Trapman Hanckel (June 3, 1847 – July 21, 1914) was a lawyer, a bank president and a successful businessman. As a two term elected mayor (1892 to 1894), he was responsible for the introduction of a modern sewerage system and was often called the "father of the sewerage system" of the city. During the war between the two sections of the country, he enlisted in the Confederate Army at sixteen years old. He served in General Blanchard’s Division and was wounded in February, 1865.

Hanckel was born June 3, 1847 in Spartansburg, South Carolina. He was educated in Buford College, South Carolina.

Hanckel was for many years and at the time of his death, president of the Bank of Albemarle, Which during his incumbency, became a national bank. Vice-president of the Albemarle Horse Show Association.

Hanckel was admitted to the bar in 1870. For many year he practiced law, and was president of the Albemarle National Bank from the time of its organization until his death, July 21, 1914. For several years he was president of the Charlottesville and Albemarle Railroad. For some time he served as secretary and treasurer of the Charlottesville Woolen Mills.

Hanckel entered the Civil War at the age of sixteen. He served in General Blanchard’s Division and was wounded in February, 1865. Soon after the surrender, his father, the Rev. J. Stuart Hanckel, D. D., came to the rectorship of the Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, and in 1867 his son Louis, entered the University of Virginia. There Louis studied law under Professors Minor and Southall, and began practicing law in Charlottesville in 1870 with Colonel R. T. W. Duke and James D. Jones, under the firm of Duke, Jones & Hanckel.  

On December 19, 1871, he married Miss Ida Macon, of “Tufton,” Albemarle County, and they had six children: James Stuart Hanckel (1872–1959) was engaged in the fire insurance business of at Charlottesville (Hanckel-Citizens Insurance); Virgilia Hanckel King (1873–1950); Lucy Waller Hanckel (1875–1960); Louis Trapman Hanckel (1877–1929) served on the City Council representing the First Ward from 1910 to 1916; Ida Louise Hanckel Bowles (1878–1959); William Cary Hanckel (1883–1955).

According the Daily Progress July 21, 1914 article, “He was generous to a fault, contributing to every good cause and doing it largely and without hesitation or calculation. He was a notable figure on our streets – physically a splendid man, in stature more than six foot and finely proportioned. He rarely appeared without a rose or other flower in his button hole. He will be greatly missed."

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