Abner Drake Turner

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Abner Drake Turner
Mayor of Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana, USA
In office
Preceded by W. H. Webb
Succeeded by W. Matt Lowe
Personal details
Born (1877-03-16)March 16, 1877
Webster Parish, Louisiana
Died December 25, 1953(1953-12-25) (aged 76)
Minden, Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Lillian M. Turner
Children Mrs. F. Palmer
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University
Occupation Banker
Religion Methodist

Abner Drake Turner (March 16, 1877 – December 25, 1953) was a banker who served three two-year terms from 1910-1916 as the mayor of Minden, the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana.[1]

Turner graduated in 1889 from the Louisiana Industrial Institute, the forerunner of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He was a president of the former Bank of Webster and the Minden Building and Loan Association. He also served on the elected Webster Parish School Board. He was a Methodist and a member of the Knights of Pythias.[2]

Grave of Mayor Abner Drake Turner in Minden Cemetery

Turner died of a heart attack shortly after rising about 6 a.m. on Christmas morning 1953. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Webster Parish Democratic Executive Committee. He is interred at the old section of Minden Cemetery. In addition to his wife, Lillian M. Turner (February 27, 1887 – January 28, 1968), he was survived by a daughter identified in his obituary as Mrs. F. Palmer, then of Shreveport and a half-brother, Elmer Turner of Minden, and two grandchildren.[2] He is interred near two Turner infants, who died in 1916 and 1918.


  1. ^ City of Minden, List of Minden Mayors Since 1888
  2. ^ a b "Rites for A. D. Turner Held Saturday 3 p.m.", Minden Press, January 1, 1954, p. 1
Political offices
Preceded by
W. H. Webb
Mayor of Minden, Louisiana

Abner Drake Turner

Succeeded by
W. Matt Lowe