William Green Raoul (left) was born July 4, 1843, and raised in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. At age 18, Raoul served in the Civil War becoming a Captain in charge of the Confederate Railway Bureau’s car construction and transportation of Army supplies. Later, he became an executive in several railroad companies, including president of the Mexican National Railroad. Other accomplishments included the invention of the air brake and starting a foundation for the eradication of tuberculosis.
The daughter of Georgia railroad executive, William Morrill Wadley and Rebecca Barnard (Everingham) Wadley, Mary Wadley Raoul was born March 4, 1848. Before her marriage to William Greene Raoul in 1868, she lived in Savannah and Monroe, Louisiana. She attended school briefly in Cave Spring, Floyd County, Georgia, in 1866. The twenty years between 1870 and 1890 were spent raising her ten children in Macon, Savannah, and New York. After the family settled in Atlanta in 1892, Mary became active in a number of civic and social organizations. She served on the board of the Cotton States and International Exposition in 1895, was a charter member of the Every Saturday Club, and maintained memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was also very active in the Woman’s Suffrage movement and she was involved in promoting the Free Kindergarten movement in Atlanta and one of the city's early kindergartens was named for her. (RFP, Emory)
Thomas Wadley Raoul was born in Macon, Georgia, on August 13, 1877. He was educated in Savannah and New York before entering college at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1896, while he was employed with the cotton firm S. M. Inman and Company in Macon, he became ill with tuberculosis. During the years between 1897 and 1909, he traveled widely in the Western United States and in Europe, seeking to cure his illness. His permanent home during this period and afterwards was Asheville, North Carolina, where he managed the Raoul family's resort establishment, Albemarle Park, until 1920. (RFP, Emory)
If William Greene Raoul was the “architect” of the concept of Albemarle Park, it was his third son, Thomas Wadley Raoul, who was to be the foreman of the project and the one who made the vision a reality and success. He was only twenty when he began construction of Albemarle Park and he was filled with enthusiasm for the project. He began by clearing and grubbing the land, surveying it and setting posts along the perimeter while he waited for instructions from Bradford Gilbert.
From 1921 until his death in 1953, he was president of the Biltmore Forest Company and served as treasurer and clerk of the town of Biltmore Forest. He was president and director of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the North Carolina Park Commission. He married Helen Doyle Bennett in 1910, and had two daughters , Kathleen (b. 1913) and Jane (b. 1915). (RFP, Emory)
Mary & William Green Raoul
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