Walter Dudley Seed Sr.
7th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
January 17, 1911 – January 18, 1915
GovernorEmmet O'Neal
Preceded byHenry B. Gray
Succeeded byThomas E. Kilby
19th Treasurer of Alabama
In office
GovernorB. B. Comer
Preceded byJ. Craig Smith
Succeeded byJohn Purifoy
Personal details
Born(1864-06-26)June 26, 1864
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Confederate States of America
DiedAugust 12, 1932(1932-08-12) (aged 68)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Resting placeEvergreen Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Ellen E. Foster
(m. 1887)
Alma materUniversity of Alabama (AB)

Walter Dudley Seed Sr. (June 26, 1864 – August 12, 1932) was an American politician who served as the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1911 to 1915, and as Alabama State Treasurer from 1907 to 1911.

Early life

Walter Dudley Seed was born on June 26, 1864, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Mattie Cordet (née White) and Charles Clinton Seed. His father emigrated from Germany and worked as a clothing manufacturer, cotton merchant and alderman. Seed attended schools in Tuscaloosa. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in 1883. At the University of Alabama, he was president of the Philomathic Literary Society, editor of the University Monthly and lieutenant quartermaster of the Corps of Cadets.[1]


From 1896 to 1900, Seed was treasurer of Tuscaloosa County. In 1906, he was nominated as state treasurer over Charles A. Allen. He served as Alabama State Treasurer from 1907 to 1911.[1] He was a Democrat and ran as a prohibitionist for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. He served as lieutenant governor from 1911 to 1915.[1][2][3]

Seed retired from politics in 1914, after losing a bid for governor.[3][4] He ran for state representative from Tuscaloosa County two years later. Prior to his death, he stated his intention of running for Alabama governor again in 1934.[3]

Personal life

On September 21, 1887, in Fosters, Seed married Ellen E. Foster, daughter of J. Luther Foster, of Tuscaloosa County.[1] He had one son, Walter D. Jr.[3] Seed was a Methodist.[1]

Seed died on August 12, 1932, in Tuscaloosa.[1][3] He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Walter Dudley Seed, Sr". Alabama Department of Archives and History. August 25, 2009. Archived from the original on September 20, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2024.
  2. ^ "Alabama Lieutenant Governors". Alabama Department of Archives & History. Archived from the original on January 24, 2024. Retrieved January 23, 2024.
  3. ^ a b c d e "W. D. Seed, Sr., Dies". The Birmingham News. August 13, 1932. p. 8. Retrieved January 23, 2024 – via access icon
  4. ^ a b "Walter D. Seed". The Montgomery Advertiser. August 17, 1932. p. 4. Retrieved January 23, 2024 – via access icon
Political offices Preceded byHenry B. Gray Lieutenant Governor of Alabama 1911–1915 Succeeded byThomas E. Kilby Preceded byWalter D. Seed Sr. Treasurer of Alabama 1907–1911 Succeeded byJohn Purifoy