Farish, William Stamps
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Farish, William Stamps (23 February 1881–29 November 1942), oil industry executive, was born in Mayersville, Mississippi, the son of William Stamps Farish, an attorney and planter, and Katherine Maude Power. He attended St. Thomas Hall in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and upon graduation in 1897 entered the University of Mississippi. Intent on a legal career, he studied law at the university and supported himself by teaching school on the side. He graduated with an LL.B. in 1900 and was admitted to the bar the same year. Farish set up an office in nearby Clarksdale, but in 1901 he traveled to Beaumont, Texas, where he supervised the oil drilling operations of an English syndicate, Texas Oil Fields, Limited, in which his uncle had invested....