I've been googleing and ran across this little blog post. It has a bit of information stating the the & symbol was at one point the 27th letter in the alphabet.
For years the & symbol (now known as the ampersand) was the final, pronounced “and” but recited with the Latin “per se,” meaning “by itself.” The position and pronunciation eventually ran together, with “X, Y, Z, and per se and” becoming “X, Y, Z, ampersand.”
I have to wonder how could a symbol be in the alphabet? My understanding is that letters represent sounds and the putting the sounds together make words. If & was a letter for the combined sound that the word "and" makes was it ever used in the spelling of a word? Something along the lines of “h&” for hand? Also, why was & in the alphabet and not other symbols like % or #?
I don't think this is a duplicate as I'm not looking for the definition of the & symbol or the story of where it came from but rather its use as a letter in the alphabet and any words that used it in their spelling. The linked blog states it was the 27th letter but gives no examples of word usage.