WILLIAM M. HANNEN, a successful farmer of section 35, LeRoy township, was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, August 18, 1861. He is a son of James B. and Margaret (Smith) Hannen. James B. Hannen was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, October 8, 1816, and died September 8, 1891, and his wife, a native of the same place, was born March 13, 1826, and died January 3, 1906. James B. Hannen grew to manhood in his native state, and was reared on a farm. He came to Iowa, first locating in Lee county, and later removed to Van Buren county, where he was married. He came to Benton county in October, 1863, spending the winter in Blairstown, and in the spring purchased forty acres of land in section 35, LeRoy township; there was a log house on this farm, and here he and his wife died. They were parents of six children, namely: Anetta, living with her brother, William M.; William M.; Isabella, wife of Albert Rice, of LeRoy township; Ella, wife of E. J. Schult, of Palo Alto county; Prudence, deceased; and L. H., of LeRoy township.
William M. Hannen was reared in Benton county, and received his education in the common schools. He lived at home after reaching manhood, and after the death of his father purchased the farm, then comprising sixty acres, which he has since carried on. He is enterprising and industrious, and highly respected by his fellow- citizens. Mr. Hannen is a Republican in political views, and has served the past fourteen years as township assessor; he has also held the office of school director. Mr. Hannen is unmarried.